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 38: The Recovery of Race in America
The Recovery of Race in America
Aaron Gresson believed that, by the mid-1990s, racism was a nearly defunct topos. Racist behavior still persisted, but the meaning of the behavior was, to use his term, ‘negotiable’. The power to negotiate is crucial for Gresson, who argued that, since the watershed period of the 1960s, a process of loss and recovery has taken place, or, more accurately, still is taking place.
‘I consider these basic questions,’ Gresson stated at the outset of his book. ‘How does a powerful group regain or recover the moral right to dominate other groups when the reigning cultural myths negate the direct use of supremacist ideologies?’ Whites' moral hegemony was undermined in the 1960s and the concept ...