Racism Without Racists By Jose Bonilla Silva Essay

1114 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
As I started to read Racism Without Racists I became increasingly more uncomfortable. Not because I did not like the book, but because I was afraid that I would recognize Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s words in myself. That I would have to see the ways in which my white privilege has caused me to spin my words to make myself appear less racist, or somehow pretend to be more marginalized than the minorities around me. I have to admit that when Bonilla-Silva said “I found that young, working-class women are more likely than any other segment of the white community to be racially progressive” (Bonilla-Silva 192), part of me breathed a sigh of relief. I am a young women from a working class family, I guess that means I am progressive right? While, I do see myself as a somewhat progressive person, I also had to realize that I have myself used the yes/no technique he talks about on 108. Or gotten flustered and lost my train of thought when being asked about racial topics as Bonilla-Silva discusses on 114. I have succumb to the world of color blindness, just like all the other college students interviewed in this book, and while that is a hard pill to swallow, I would rather face it than be stuck in the dark forever. The piece of this book that spoke to me the most, and felt to relate to the thesis in the most direct and interesting way was chapter 4, The Style Of Color Blindness. In this chapter Bonilla-Silva outlines the strategies whites use to maintain color blind racism. From the…

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