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The Problem of Racism in "Post-Racial" America

Eduardo Bonilla-SilvaThe 2014 Bahá'í Chair for World Peace Annual Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Sociology Department
Duke University

About the Speaker

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Duke University with affiliations to the following units: African and African American Studies, Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, and the Institute for Critical U.S. Studies.

He is currently working on two books entitled, Anything but Racism: How Social Analysts Limit the Significance of Race (with Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Hayward Horton) and White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology (with Tukufu Zuberi).

He is also working on a project entitled, "We are All Americans! The Latin Americanization of Race Relations in the USA," where he explores the changing dynamics of racial stratification in the United States.


Most whites believe racism has virtually disappeared in the country except for bigots such as Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. In this presentation, I will argue that racism morphed in the 1970s into a more “civilized” system and produced a new type prejudice. To make my case, I will do four things. First, define racism and suggest that it is, above anything else, systemic racial privilege. Second, provide the general characteristics of the “new racism” or the system of racial domination that replaced Jim Crow in the 1970s.  Third, describe the dominant prejudice of contemporary America which I have labeled in my work as “color-blind racism.” Fourth, illustrate how the new racism system and the new prejudice work in organizations the parade as “beyond race”: colleges and universities. I will conclude my talk by suggesting several things we might consider doing to slay the elusive racial dragon once and for all.

Lecture Video

Q&A Video 

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

The event was held in the “Grand Ballroom” (It was moved from the Colony Ballroom.)
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742


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