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Racism without Racists Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.

The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls "the new racism," which provides the essential foundation to explore issues of race and ethnicity in more depth. This edition also updates Bonilla-Silva’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past.

In this fourth edition, 
Racism without Racists will continue to challenge readers and stimulate discussion about the state of race in America today.

If you do not have a copy, you can purchase one here.

Discussion Dates

Friday, May 19  The Strange Enigma of Race in Contemporary America
Friday, May 26 The Central Frames of Color-Blind Racism 
Friday, June 2 The Style of Color Blindness: How to Talk Nasty about Minorities without Sounding Racist
Friday, June 16 "I Didn't Get That Job Because of a Black Man": Color-Blind Racism's Racial Stories 
Friday, June 23 Peeking Inside the (White House of Color Blindness: The Significance of Whites' Segregation) 
Friday, June 30 Are All Whites Refined Archie Bunkers? An Examination of White Racial Progressives 
Friday, July 7 Are Blacks Color Blind, Too? 
Friday, July 14 E Pluribus Unum or the Same Old Perfume in a New Bottle? On the Future of Racial Stratification in the United States
Friday, July 21 Conclusion: "The (Color-Blind) Emperor Has No Clothes" Exposing Whiteness of Color Blindness 
Friday, July 28 Queries: Answers to Questions from Concerned Readers 
Friday, August 4 Postscript: What Is to be Done (For Real)?