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 37: The Racist Mind: Portraits of American Neo-Nazis and Klansmen
The Racist Mind: Portraits of American Neo-Nazis and Klansmen
As the title of his book suggests, Ezekiel was interested in what goes on inside the head of members of racist organizations. Dubious about the value of formal theories of racism, Ezekiel set out to investigate empirically the experiences of people who subscribed to neo-Nazi beliefs in the mid-1990s. ‘Racism is a way of perceiving the world and a way of thinking,’ was how Ezekiel described his starting point. His account is informed by the view that it is impossible to exist in a culture in which racism is prevalent without being affected by it: ‘It is important to discover the subtle ways our culture's racism has ...