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 29: Dysconscious Racism: Ideology, Identity, and the Miseducation of Teachers
Dysconscious Racism: Ideology, Identity, and the Miseducation of Teachers
Joyce King describes another manifestation of racism which she describes as ‘dysconscious racism’. She proposes that dysconscious racism prevents a full and sincere embrace of the celebration of racial and ethnic diversity in US society. This kind of racism ‘tacitly accepts dominant white norms and privileges. It is not the absence of consciousness (that is, not unconsciousness) but an impaired consciousness or distorted way of thinking about race as compared to, for example, critical consciousness)’ (p. 135). In a study of undergraduate students' perceptions about racism, she found that invariably white students attribute the current social and economic problems of blacks, and black children in particular, to ...