By Michael O. Emerson
Regardless of contemporary growth opposed to racial inequalities, American society maintains to provide attitudes and results that make stronger the racial divide. In Transcending Racial Barriers, Michael Emerson and George Yancey supply a clean viewpoint on easy methods to wrestle racial department. They record the old movement from white supremacy to institutional racism, then examine sleek efforts to beat the racialized nature of our society. The authors argue that either conservative and revolutionary ways have failed, as they always fall sufferer to forces of ethnocentrism and workforce curiosity. They then discover workforce curiosity and attainable how one can account for the views of either majority and minority crew contributors. they appear to multiracial congregations, multiracial households, the army, and activities teams-all occasions during which workforce pursuits were conquer earlier than. In every one context they locate the improvement of a middle set of values that binds jointly assorted racial teams, in addition to the flexibleness to precise racially-based cultural area of expertise that doesn't clash with this serious core.
Transcending Racial Barriers bargains what's right away a balanced strategy in the direction of facing racial alienation and a daring leap forward within the debate concerning the steps essential to conquer present-day racism.
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They indicate paths by which our society remains racialized 26 t ran sc e n d i n g rac i al bar r i e r s even though support for white supremacy has dramatically declined. S. society. However, the abandonment of this ideology by many failed to eliminate racial hostility and injustice. Rather, the nature and focus of this hostility has changed. Understanding these changes is important if we are to ﬁnd solutions to contemporary racial problems. The Continuing Effect of Modern Forms of Racism The racial hostility in our society no longer depends upon a white supremacist ideology that places European Americans at the top of the racial hierarchy.
1997). S. society. Today we have not only laws insisting that European Americans have no greater rights than other racial groups, but also a good deal of social support for such laws. In some ways the goals of the modern civil rights movement have been achieved. We have rules and laws that negate attempts to enforce the ideology of white supremacy. Furthermore, few people openly support overt racism. Yet, as we recognize these achievements, we note the unexpected outcome: these accomplishments have not ended racial strife, nor have they eliminated institutional racism.
Any attempt to consider race in any fashion is wrong. Proponents conceptualize colorblindness as an extension of the efforts of the modern civil rights movement, which thereby legitimizes the concept (Bennett 1994, Horowitz & Glazov 2003). However, as we explore in the next chapter, unwillingness to recognize the continuing effects of racialization converts colorblindness into the maintenance of an unequal racial status quo. Aversive or symbolic racism has also been documented as a modernized form of racism (Bobo 1983, Dovidio & Gaertner 1998, McConahay & Hough Jr.