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 33: When Black First Became Worth Less
When Black First Became Worth Less
In another selection in this anthology the query is raised, is racism accidental? This article poses a related question, why does racism remain as a social force? Anton Allahar intentionally sidesteps the issue of whether or not differences between black and white people are real and measurable. Instead he states that regardless of the answer to this issue, people act towards each other in certain situations as if perceived racial differences were based on reality. The author begins the essay by showing that oppression was not necessarily racial in earlier historical periods. Even slavery, according to some observers, predates the emergence of racism. The early basis of racism includes religious assertions and involvement ...