This volume in the Sage Series on Race and Ethnic Relations seeks to explain the phenomenon of racism throughout history by drawing on and integrating the massive literature on racism coming out of the economic, political, and cultural realms. In so doing, author Carter A. Wilson tackles four major goals: first, to help resolve the major debates surrounding racism; second, to demystify racism; third, to provide understanding of how racism has been sustained in various historical eras; and finally, to discuss how racism takes on different forms in various stages of history. This eye-opening volume sheds new light on racism and will be vital to students and professionals in race and ethnic studies, sociology, political science, economics, history, American studies and anthropology.

Industrial Capitalism and Aversive Racism

Industrial capitalism and aversive racism

In the previous chapters, we demonstrated that white racism and white consciousness arose out of oppressive, exploitative, and dehumanizing economic arrangements, initially constructed and defended by the dominant class and later accepted by other subordinate classes. That is, the southern planter class, with its concentrated ownership of land, constructed a system of black subordination, first in the institution of slavery and later in the debt peonage arrangement. Racism persisted, as the dominant class used the state to defend oppressive arrangements and bombarded the whole society with its ideas, symbols, and images—ideas of the virtue of black subordination, symbols of black inferiority, and images of bestial black characters. Racism grew as members of all classes accepted these ...

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