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1 + “New Racism”

2 + Basic Premises Race may be real, but it is also a social construction White is the dominant racial group Whiteness is the symbol of racial power – it is the “visible uniform” of the dominant group Whether white people are aware of their race or not, they receive systemic privilege (subtly or obviously) because they wear the uniform of privilege

3 + From Post Secret Louis CK

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6 + White Privilege

7 + Louis CK on Being White PROFANITY WARNING

8 + Structure of the Article PART 1A: Explanation of the social structure that is “New Racism” PART 1B: Description of the ideology that supports “new racism” PART 2: Prediction that the meaning of “whiteness” will undergo a transformation PART 3: Political implications of “new racism” and how to combat it

9 + Racism changes just like any social system changes over time. Why the shift from Jim Crow?

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11 + Characteristics: 1. Increasingly covert nature of racial discourse and practices 2. Avoidance of racial terminology & stories of “reverse racism” 3. Invisibility of the mechanisms that reproduce racial inequality 4. Incorporation of “safe minorities” to show nonracialism 5. Rearticulation of some racial practices from Jim Crow

12 + Examples from the article? Poor service Special requirements applied only to them Surveillance in stores Being ignored in retail stores selling expensive merchandise Receiving the worst accommodations in hotels & restaurants Constantly being confused for menial workers Less commonly, overtly racist behavior, racial epithets What Would You Do? Reaction of bystanders based on degree of “whiteness”

13 + Shopping While Black ABC’s What Would You Do

14 + The ideology of “new racism” Abstract liberalism “I am all for equal opportunity, that’s why I oppose affirmative action.” Ignores the effects of past and current racism (decontextualizes) Protects white privilege

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17 + Color-Blind Racism: the ideology of “new racism” Abstract liberalism “I am all for equal opportunity, that’s why I oppose affirmative action.” Ignores the effects of past and current racism (decontextualizes) Protects white privilege Naturalization Whites go to school, live with, befriend, and date other whites Whites can say “It’s a natural thing” and that all groups do it Hence it’s just “the way it is” and “beyond race” Cultural racism Minimization of racism

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19 + com/watch?v=4iYe W3FLzKM booth.edu/capideas /spring03/racialbias.html

20 + Transformation of “whiteness”

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22 + Triracial System of U.S. “Whites” Whites; New whites (Russians, Albanians, etc…); Assimilated light-skinned Latinos; Some multiracials; Assimilated (urban) Native Americans; A few Asian-origin people “Honorary Whites” Light-skinned Latinos; Japanese Americans; Korean Americans; Asian Indians; Chinese Americans; Middle Eastern Americans; Most multiracials “Collective Black” Filipinos; Vietnamese; Hmong; Laotians; Dark-skinned Latinos; Blacks; New West Indian and African immigrants; Reservation-bound Native Americans

23 + How to Fight Whiteness and White Supremacy Members of “collective black” unite; Politicize the “honorary white” and make them aware New civil rights movement Make racism visible


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