This unique collection brings together selections from the work that has defined our understanding of racism. Every significant contribution to the analysis of racism over the past 50 years are comprised in this one book, including extracts from Myrdal's An American Dilemma, Cox's Marxist theory, Carmichael and Hamilton's introduction of the term ‘institutional racism’ and recent textual analyses. Ordered chronologically, so that the reader can work through the narrative of changes coherently, each contribution is introduced by the editors and the whole collection is bound together by introductory and concluding chapters. The result is an unparalleled teaching and study resource. No other book presents the highlights, range and complexity of the various attempts to unravel racism, in such a comprehensive and panoramic way.
Chapter 17: Portraits of White Racism
Portraits of White Racism
‘When people speak of racism they usually mean attitudes rather than institutionally generated inequality,’ wrote David Wellmann in the opening chapter of his study Portraits of White Racism. The chapter is entitled “Prejudiced people are not the only racists in America” and this conveys precisely Wellmann's central argument. He acknowledged that research on attitudes is a legitimate area of inquiry, but argued that prejudice should not be conflated with racism. If it is, then ‘the crucial feature of race relations in America becomes the ideas that whites have about others; not their own superior position, the benefits following from their position, or the institutions that maintain this relationship’ (p. 21).
His own work attempted to break away from ...