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Colorblind White Dominance

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This chapter discusses how Whites' racism has mutated into a new form – one that is indirect, subtle, and often unintentional – called aversive racism. Although its operation may be subtle, its consequences can be significant, adversely affecting the well being of Black Americans. One form of contemporary racism, involving Whites' attitudes toward Blacks, is aversive racism. Aversive racism has been investigated in psychological research for over 30 years. Labor statistics continue to demonstrate fundamental disparities in the economic status of Blacks relative to Whites – a gap that has not only persisted but also, in some aspects, has widened in recent years. Aversive racism may be one factor that contributes to disparities in the workplace. On the level of institutional racism, the aversion to addressing race concerns that is demonstrated through the research carries through to an aversion to discussing race as a factor in social policy.

Keywords:aversive racism; Black Americans; contemporary racism



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