Race in the American Mind: From the Moynihan Report to the Obama Candidacy

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dc.contributor.author Bobo, Lawrence D.
dc.contributor.author Charles, Camille Z.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-10T18:37:17Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Bobo, Lawrence D., and Camille Z. Charles. 2009. Race in the American mind: From the Moynihan report to the Obama candidacy. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 621(1): 243-259. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0002-7162 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4724025
dc.description.abstract In 1965 Daniel Patrick Moynihan observed that the “racist virus in the American blood stream still afflicts us.” The authors assess the tenor of racial attitudes in white and black America across the ensuing four decades. Their core conclusion is paradoxical. On one hand, a massive positive change in social norms regarding race has taken place that dislodged Jim Crow ideology and now calls for integration and equality as the rules that should guide black-white interaction. On the other hand, negative stereotypes of African Americans, cultural (not structural or discrimination-based) accounts of black disadvantage, and deep polarization over the appropriate social policy response to racial inequality yield an ongoing legacy of tension and division. The authors link these trends in attitudes to broader changes in society (i.e., racial segregation, job discrimination, rates of intermarriage), patterns of intergroup and interpersonal behavior, and national political dynamics. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship African and African American Studies en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1177/0002716208324759 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/soc/faculty/bobo/pdf%20documents/RaceMind.pdf en_US
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dc.subject Daniel Patrick Moynihan en_US
dc.subject racial attitudes en_US
dc.subject stereotypes en_US
dc.subject segregation en_US
dc.subject discrimination en_US
dc.subject inequality en_US
dc.subject Barack Obama en_US
dc.subject Colin Powell en_US
dc.title Race in the American Mind: From the Moynihan Report to the Obama Candidacy en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science en_US
dash.depositing.author Bobo, Lawrence D.
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