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Sociological Forum

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 555–581 | Cite as

“I Did Not Get that Job Because of a Black Man...”: The Story Lines and Testimonies of Color-Blind Racism

  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Amanda Lewis
  • David G. Embrick
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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the dominant racial stories that accompany color-blind racism, the dominant post–civil rights racial ideology, and asses their ideological role. Using interview data from the 1997 Survey of College Students Social Attitudes and the 1998 Detroit Area Study, we document the prevalence of four story lines and two types of testimonies among whites. We also provide data on ideological dissidence among some whites (we label them racial progressives) and blacks. We show that although these stories, and the racial ideology they reinforce, have become dominant, neither goes uncontested.

stories color-blind rhetorical narrative ideology racism 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
    • 1
  • Amanda Lewis
    • 2
  • David G. Embrick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyTexas A & M UniversityCollege Station
  2. 2.Departments of Sociology and African American StudiesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicago

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