Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Summary

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“How is possible to have this tremendous degree of racial inequality in a country where most whites claim that race is no longer relevant?” (Bonilla-Silva 2) This is the question that drives Eduardo Bonilla-Silva to look further into the racial dynamic of the United States. Bonilla- Silva explains this issue of racism in terms of “color blindness”. He defines this “color blind racism” as a new racism ideology that stems from these powerful explanations that whites use for justifications for the racial inequalities that exist today. (Bonilla-Silva 3) Color-blind racism has become such a strong ideology that it is being used as a tool to keep minorities from reaching new heights. “Shielded by color blindness, whites can express resentment toward minorities; criticize their morality, values, and values and work ethic” (Bonilla-Silva 4). Racial attitudes seemed to have dramatically changed from early 1900’s and fewer people associate themselves with Jim Crow laws and stereotypical views. “These changes in whites’ racial attitudes have been explained by the survey community and commentators in four ways” (Bonvilla-Silva 4). Bonilla-Silva states that these changes in white’s racial attitudes can be traced back to the four approaches in which analysts examine…show more content…
“Racial pesoptimists are just closet optimists”. (Bonvilla-Silva 6). The third interpretation is “symbolic Racism”. Symbolic racism is defined by David sears and Donald Kinder “ ‘ a blend of anti-black affect and the kind of traditional American moral values embodied in the protestant ethic.’ ”(Bonvilla-Silva 6). The Fourth explanation is the group position. This basically breaks down to the whites’ believing that their views represent the majority. This perspective can be very
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