Reproducing racism : how everyday choices lock in white advantage
|Format:||Print Book 2014|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
This book is designed to change the way we think about racial inequality. Long after the passage of civil rights laws and now the inauguration of our first black president, blacks and Latinos possess barely a nickel of wealth for every dollar that whites have. Why have we made so little progress? Legal scholar Daria Roithmayr provocatively argues that racial inequality lives on because white advantage functions as a powerful self-reinforcing monopoly, reproducing itself automatically from generation to generation even in the absence of intentional discrimination. Drawing on work in antitrust law and a range of other disciplines, Roithmayr brilliantly compares the dynamics of white advantage to the unfair tactics of giants like AT&T and Microsoft. With penetrating insight, Roithmayr locates the engine of white monopoly in positive feedback loops that connect the dramatic disparity of Jim Crow to modern racial gaps in jobs, housing and education. Wealthy white neighborhoods fund public schools that then turn out wealthy white neighbors. Whites with lucrative jobs informally refer their friends, who refer their friends, and so on. Roithmayr concludes that racial inequality might now be locked in place, unless policymakers immediately take drastic steps to dismantle this oppressive system.
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-- United States.
Whites -- United States -- Economic conditions.
Whites -- United States -- Social conditions.
Minorities -- United States -- Economic conditions.
Minorities -- United States -- Social conditions.
Race discrimination -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
|Publisher|| New York :2014
|Other Titles|| How everyday choices lock in white advantage
x, 195 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-183) and index.