I’m Color-blind But What Are You, Anyway?

I’m Color-blind But What Are You, Anyway?

Electronic Journal of Sociology (2007)
ISSN: 1198 3655

Kathleen Korgen, Professor of Sociology
William Paterson University

Eileen O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Christopher Newport University

Using primary data from interviews conducted with 1) close black-white friends and 2) biracial Americans, we examine the relationship between the traditional fixation on racial categorizations and the current emphasis on color-blindness. In doing so, we reveal that, instead of indicating a decline in the importance of race, the color-blind ideology acts as both a cover for the obsession with race in U.S. society and a subtle but effective reinforcement for it.

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