"I am not a racist but . . .": Mapping White college students' racial ideology in the USA


Journal Article

Survey-based research on Whites' racial attitudes in the USA has characterized their views as either 'tolerant' or 'ambivalent'. We argue that surveys on racial attitudes have systematically underestimated the extent of prejudice in the White population. The legal and normative changes created by the civil rights movement of the 1960s brought a new racial ideology ('color blind racism'), with new topics and a new form. These matters were examined by collecting survey and interview data from college students in three universities. The main findings were that White respondents appear to be more prejudiced in the interviews than in the survey, use a new racetalk to avoid appearing 'racist', and that the themes and arguments that they mobilize are congruent with what other analysts have labeled as 'laissez faire' or 'competitive' racism.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bonilla-Silva, E; Forman, TA

Published Date

  • January 1, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 50 - 85

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0957-9265

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0957926500011001003

Citation Source

  • Scopus