Title of Book

Metaracism: Explaining the Persistence of Racial Inequality

Department

Political Science and Public Administration

Document Type

Book

Place of Publication

Boulder, Colorado

Publisher

Lynne Rienner

Year of Publication

2015

Description

This text documents a paradox of profound racial progress in the mist of persisting patterns of racial repression and growing indicators of racial inequality. The text associate this paradox with a contradictory political culture and two powerful, but competing political coalitions, one progressive and the other reactionary. The text also identifies a shift from an older, blatant, biologically deterministic form of racism to a new more subtle form of racism associated with dog whistle politics and pejorative stories about the black underclass. The emergence of metaracism and the policy impacts of a reactionary political coalition explains increase in the black/white gap in wealth and income, the voter suppression movement, and the emergence of a racially repressive criminal justice system.