"Colorblind" Racism

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SAGE, Aug 19, 1997 - Political Science - 193 pages
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Many of the vestiges of the Civil Rights movement, including initiatives such as affirmative action, are increasingly under attack by those who assert that the Constitution is explicitly "color-blind." In this argument, the government is not legally permitted to take race into account in a "color conscious" manner. More than 30 years have passed since the landmark Civil Rights Acts became the law of the land. Yet, one of three African American men between the ages of 18 and 27 is in the hands of the criminal justice system, churches are burning in the South, and right-wing militia groups are flourishing. In this provocative and timely book, Leslie G. Carr suggests that the Constitution can be read as "racist," and that the concept of "color-blindness" is in fact the latest in a series of racist ideologies that have been part of the American fabric. "Color-Blind" Racism provides a thorough historical grounding in racist ideologies in the United States, and will be of great interest to anyone teaching or studying race relations, public policy, urban studies, and race and politics.
 

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Contents

Theories of Ideology
1
Christianity the Constitution and Slavery
13
Sharecropping and the Rise
31
National SelfDetermination
52
Prelude to Integration
69
Civil Rights and Civil Uprisings
86
The ColorBlind Reaction
107
Illusions and Consequences
140
Symbolic Racism Literature
171
About the Author
193
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