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 2: The Psychology of American Race Prejudice
The Psychology of American Race Prejudice
This 1915 essay illustrates that the definition and concept of racism, and works reflecting scientific racism, may not have changed dramatically throughout the century. It claims that racism in the United States may be unique throughout the world. In this society racism is based on two factors: first a belief that blacks (and other ‘non-whites’) are ‘naturally inferior to the white race’, and a system of social, economic, and political benefits for whites at the expense of blacks. The author also points out that the US system of racism has been supported by a ‘false’ science. A major weakness in the scientific racism as reflected in the works of Gobineau, Ammon, Galton, and ...