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COMPLETE Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Notes: Part 11 [got 4.0 in the course]

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CAS SO 207

Race and Ethnicity Selected Readings Pages 291-299 Not White or Black, but In Between: Latinos andAsianAmericans Expanding the Language of Colorblind Racism: • As “brown” and “yellow” races increase, what changes can we expect in the way race and group membership are discussed and perceived (rather than black or white)? • Some think it will end white domination [pluralism/browning prediction]—thinks that Latinos and Asians are “people of color,” more like blacks than whites • Some think Latinos and Asians will whiten, which is supported by George Yancey (2003), and black-white dichotomy will remain the main race structure in US. o Follows classic model of assimilation—immigrant groups model themselves after dominant group to reap advantages of society • Third perspective: more complex than swaying “black or white” o Bonilla-Silva developed Latin-Americanization of race relations thesis o Takes middle ground and proposes “trichotomy” as in whites, honorary whites, and the “collective black” o 25% of Latinos and Asians will become “honorary whites” and 75% are “collective black” o What is the position of honorary whites? • Colorblind Racism’s Ideology o Ignore references to “color” and communicate racism through code words (“welfare mothers”) and minimizes significance of systematic racism and instead “blames the victims” for problems o Bonilla-Silva identified four frames of colorblind racism:  Abstract liberalism—an individualistic discourse which evaluates people’s success or lack thereof as a result of their individual motivations, talents and free choice, downplaying any structural limitations (“I don’t see color”)  Naturalization—views social facts such as racial segregation as race- neutral results of “human nature” and a benign desire for people to be with others more like themselves.  Cultural racism—interprets a social fact such as racial differences in income as a result of cultural factors not having to do wit
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