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Race Versus Racism As Cause

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The current dynamism is sparked primarily by two racial dislocations directly rooted in the civil rights era: (1) the substantial decrease in the public acceptability of supremacist ideologies, and (2) the new demographics produced by altered immigration as well as intermarriage patterns. White dominance continues partly as a vestige of the past, but also because race and racism remain useful to powerful segments of United States (US) society. Regarding race, colorblind partisans justify the moral equation of affirmative action and Jim Crow racism by depicting race as unmoored from social practices. The claim that race and racism exist only when specifically mentioned, and not otherwise, also allows colorblindness to insulate from critique a new white racial politics in which racial proxies become politically and socially acceptable substitutes for explicit racism.

Keywords:colorblind partisans; racism; United States; white dominance



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