Title of Book/Report

Metaracism: Explaining the Persistence of Racial Inequality


Political Science and Public Administration

Document Type


Place of Publication

Boulder, Colorado


Lynne Rienner

Year of Publication



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.