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Eliminating Racism

Part of the series Perspectives in Social Psychology pp 53-84

Symbolic Racism

  • David O. SearsAffiliated withCollege of Letters and Sciences, University of California

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Abstract

Throughout our history, white Americans have singled out Afro-Americans for particularly racist treatment. Of all the many immigrant nationalities that have come to these shores since the seventeenth century, Afro-Americans have consistently attracted the greatest prejudice based on their group membership and have been treated in the most categorically unequal fashion.