Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (Fourth Edition)

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (Fourth Edition)

Rowman & Littlefield
July 2013
384 pages
6 1/4 x 9 1/2
Hardback ISBN: 978-1-4422-2054-6
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4422-2055-3
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4422-2056-0

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology
Duke University

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how beneath our contemporary conversation about race lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.

The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls “the new racism,” which provides the essential foundation to explore issues of race and ethnicity in more depth. This edition also updates Bonilla-Silva’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past.

In this fourth edition, Racism without Racists will continue to challenge readers and stimulate discussion about the state of race in America today.


  • An engaging read that provokes classroom discussion
  • Challenges the truth behind the assumption “I don’t see race”
  • A new chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls “new racism” in America introduces students to key themes in studying race and ethnicity
  • Assesses the impact of Obama’s presidency and reelection on race relations in America

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface to the Fourth Edition
  • 1. The Strange Enigma of Race in Contemporary America
  • 2. The New Racism: The U.S. Racial Structure Since the 1960s
  • 3. The Central Frames of Color-Blind Racism
  • 4. The Style of Color Blindness: How to Talk Nasty about Minorities without Sounding Racist
  • 5. “I Didn’t Get That Job Because of a Black Man”: Color-Blind Racism’s Racial Stories
  • 6. Peeking Inside the (White) House of Color Blindness: The Significance of Whites’ Segregation
  • 7. Are All Whites Refined Archie Bunkers? An Examination of White Racial Progressives
  • 8. Are Blacks Color Blind, Too?
  • 9. E Pluribus Unum, or the Same Old Perfume in a New Bottle? On the Future of Racial Stratification in the United States
  • 10. Race Matters in Obamerica: The Sweet (but Deadly) Enchantment of Color Blindness in Black Face
  • 11. “The (Color-Blind) Emperor Has No Clothes”: Exposing the Whiteness of Color Blindness
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
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