Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

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Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color blind racism is as insidious now as ever. It features new material on our current racial climate, including the Black Lives Matter movement; a significantly revised chapter that examines the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, and Trump’s presidency; and a new chapter addressing what readers can do to confront racism—both personally and on a larger structural level.

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I love Racism without Racists. I use it in my undergraduate stratification course, and students are split on how they receive the book. Half love it, the other half hate it. Either way, it makes them think about race and racism. Whether the material in the book confirms their general viewpoint, or they spend time and effort trying to refute the book, the students are engaged with the material. I couldn’t ask for more. (Mitchell Peck, University of Oklahoma)

Students love this book—it is often life-changing for them. Both students of color and white students see themselves in this book, with each gaining more meaningful understanding of racial context in our times and what they can do for racial justice. (Karen S. Glover, California State University, San Marcos)

Racism without Racists is the most important book I have used to teach on racism and what it looks and sounds like today. It has consistently proven to be the most significant reading I assign. Students often say it has changed their lives and that they use it in conversations beyond the classroom and see it in the everyday interactions they have and witness on various forms of media. (Viviane Saleh-Hanna, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)

Every white American should have the privilege to have that eureka moment: “Ah! Now I understand what being white means, in the most profound sense.” The entire world looks different from then on. Racism without Racists leads white Americans to that very moment of discovery. (Judith Blau, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Having already established itself as a classic text on race and racism, this fifth edition refines and extends Bonilla-Silva’s understanding of color-blind racial ideology, structural inequality, and racial hierarchy to the pressing issues we currently confront. His engaging and provocative writing style makes the text accessible without ever diminishing the depth and richness of his analysis. (Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley)

From the Black Lives Matter movement to the unexpected election of Donald Trump, recent events have made undeniably clear the continuing significance of race and racism in the United States. Updated with new material, this fifth edition of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s now-classic Racism without Racists is thus more than ever essential reading for understanding the racial realities of a country in denial about its past and present.
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(Charles W. Mills, CUNY Graduate Center)

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva rocked the sociological landscape with his book Racism without Racists, providing insight about U.S. race matters in contemporary times. In this new edition, Bonilla-Silva once again confronts naysayers who continue to argue that racism is a thing of the past, or who “trumpet” that what we are witnessing is a “return of the racists.” With updated and timely new material, this is a book you’ll want to pick up for your family, friends, and neighbors! (David G. Embrick, University of Connecticut)

From its beginning, America has been dogged by debilitating racism. After centuries, we are still perplexed by this seemingly incomprehensible racial crisis. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s new edition of Racism without Racists goes a long way in providing a penetrating and illuminating analysis of racism in America. Unlike most books, Racism without Racists offers valuable, eye-opening solutions to help guide America out of this vexing racial problem. Racism without Racists is a most valuable book for Americans in all walks of life. (Aldon Morris, Northwestern University; author of The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology)

Colorblind racism has been the premiere concept for understanding racial inequality in the post-civil rights era. Bonilla-Silva’s brilliant analysis remains essential and even more urgent as we continue to contest new forms of white supremacy. The new edition of Racism without Racists is required reading for anyone concerned about racial justice in America. (Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania Law School; author of Killing the Black Body, Fatal Invention, and Shattered Bonds)

About the Author

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is professor of sociology at Duke University. The recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Cox-Johnson-Frasier award and the Lewis A. Coser award for theoretical agenda-setting, he is author or co-editor of several books, including White Logic, White Methods. He is president (2017-2018) of the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Society.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color blind racism is as insidious now as ever. It features new material on our current racial climate, including the Black Lives Matter movement; a significantly revised chapter that examines the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, and Trump’s presidency; and a new chapter addressing what readers can do to confront racism—both personally and on a larger structural level.

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