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The Impact Of Racial And Nonracial Structural Forces On Poor Urban Blacks

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Some analysts claim that race and racism have decreased in importance in contemporary America. Racism helps to glue and, at the same time, organize the nature and character of race relations in a society. It is contention that despite the profound changes that occurred in the 1960s, a new racial structure – the New Racism – is operating which accounts for the persistence of racial inequality. This chapter begins with a brief description of how this new racial structure (New Racism) came about. Against this backdrop, the author surveys the evidence of how black-white racial inequality is produced and reproduced in the United States in two areas: social and economic. The evidence is perused from 1960 until the present with the goal of examining the mechanisms that keep minorities in their place. The chapter discusses some of the social, political, and legal repercussions of the new racial structure of America.

Keywords:America; black-white racial inequality; New Racism; race relations; United States

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