The Problem of Racism in "Post-Racial" America
Speaker: Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Most whites believe racism has virtually disappeared in the country except for bigots such as Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. In this presentation, I will argue that racism morphed in the 1970s into a more “civilized” system and produced a new type prejudice. To make my case, I will do four things. First, define racism and suggest that it is, above anything else, systemic racial privilege. Second, provide the general characteristics of the “new racism” or the system of racial domination that replaced Jim Crow in the 1970s. Third, describe the dominant prejudice of contemporary America which I have labeled in my work as “color-blind racism.” Fourth, illustrate how the new racism system and the new prejudice work in organizations the parade as “beyond race”: colleges and universities. I will conclude my talk by suggesting several things we might consider doing to slay the elusive racial dragon once and for all.
Reception immediately following.
This event is co-sponsored by the Critical Race Initiative (CRI).