Reproducing Racism

Reproducing Racism

How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage

Book - 2014
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"This book is designed to change the way we think about racial inequality. Long after the passage of civil rights laws and now the inauguration of our first black president, blacks and Latinos possess barely a nickel of wealth for every dollar that whites have. Why have we made so little progress? Legal scholar Daria Roithmayr provocatively argues that racial inequality lives on because white advantage functions as a powerful self-reinforcing monopoly, reproducing itself automatically from generation to generation even in the absence of intentional discrimination. Drawing on work in antitrust law and a range of other disciplines, Roithmayr brilliantly compares the dynamics of white advantage to the unfair tactics of giants like AT&T and Microsoft. With penetrating insight, Roithmayr locates the engine of white monopoly in positive feedback loops that connect the dramatic disparity of Jim Crow to modern racial gaps in jobs, housing and education. Wealthy white neighborhoods fund public schools that then turn out wealthy white neighbors. Whites with lucrative jobs informally refer their friends, who refer their friends, and so on. Roithmayr concludes that racial inequality might now be locked in place, unless policymakers immediately take drastic steps to dismantle this oppressive system. Daria Roithmayr is the George T. and Harriet E. Pfleger Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. An internationally acclaimed legal scholar and activist, she is one of the country's leading voices on the legal analysis of structural racial inequality. Prior to joining USC, Professor Roithmayr advised Senator Edward Kennedy on the nominations of Clarence Thomas and David Souter, and taught law at the University of Illinois"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780814777121
Characteristics: x, 195 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 09, 2018

Two books you might want to read are: Understanding & Dismantling Racism--The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt and Uprooting Racism--How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel.

Mar 01, 2018

I was extremely disappointed about this book. Let me explain why. I have been reading several books about racism, books about Black History because I wanted to know, REALLY WANTED TO KNOW what was NOT TAUGHT in school. In other words what really happened. So, I started with "Black Like Me," then I read "The Blood of Emmett Till." I read news stories online (NOT social media), and the last work I read was the book: "Lynching in America: A History in Documents. In short, I know the truth is out there.

That being said, I was looking, and am still looking for someone to write about how does SOCIETY go about CHANGING for the BETTER of EVERYONE? Pretty soon, it is not going to be possible to look at anyone and say for sure if he or she is white, black, or brown. I was hoping this book was going to be of that nature. We already know that racism exists in every nasty format possible. Knowing is just the FIRST STEP. It is what you DO with the knowledge that matters.


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