Race in the American Mind: From the Moynihan Report to the Obama Candidacy
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Charles, Camille Z.
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CitationBobo, 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.
AbstractIn 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.
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