The Structure of Racism in Color-Blind, “Post-Racial” America

Journal Article (Editorial;Journal)

In this article, I describe the racial order of America in the post–Civil Rights era. First, I discuss what racism is all about and emphasize the centrality of conceiving the phenomenon in a structural way. Second, I argue that the “new racism,” or the set of mostly subtle, institutional, and seemingly nonracial mechanisms and practices that comprise the racial regime of “post-racial” America, has all but replaced the old Jim Crow order. Third, I describe the racial ideology of color-blind racism and its component parts (i.e., frames, style, and racial stories) and contend that, like the racial order, this new ideology is slippery and has a “beyond race” character. Fourth, I explain that the Obama moment is part of the new racism, color-blind period and justify my claim empirically. I conclude this essay pondering if people of color will wake up and realize that the new, more “civil” way of maintaining and justifying racial things is a more formidable way of maintaining racial domination.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bonilla-Silva, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 59 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1358 - 1376

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3381

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-7642

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0002764215586826

Citation Source

  • Scopus