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Rethinking the Color Line
Readings in Race and Ethnicity

Seventh Edition
Edited by:


December 2021 | SAGE Publications, Inc

Rethinking the Color Line helps make sense of how race and ethnicity influence aspects of social life in ways that are often made invisible by culture, politics, and economics. Charles A. Gallagher has assembled a collection of readings that are theoretically informed and empirically grounded to explain the dynamics of race and ethnicity in the United States. Students will be equipped to confidently navigate the issues of race and ethnicity, examine its contradictions, and gain a comprehensive understanding of how race and ethnic relations are embedded in the institutions that structure their lives.

User-friendly without sacrificing intellectual or theoretical rigor, the Seventh Edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the current debates and the state of contemporary U.S race relations.

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Part I: SORTING BY COLOR: Why We Attach Meaning to Race
Marvin Harris
Reading 1. How Our Skins Got Their Color
Howard Zinn
Reading 2. Drawing the Color Line
Nikole Hannah-Jones
Reading 3. Our Democracy’s Founding Ideals Were False…
Michael Omi and Howard Winant
Reading 4. Racial Formations
John Iceland
Reading 5. Race and Ethnicity in America
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Reading 6. Racialized Social System Approach to Racism
Rashawn Ray
Reading 7. Why Are Blacks Dying at Higher Rates from COVID-19
David R. Williams and Selina A. Mohammed
Reading 8. Racism and Health
Thomas Shapiro, Tatjana Meschede and Sam Osoro
Reading 9. The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth: Explaining the Black-White Economic Wealth Gap
F. James Davis
Reading 10: Defining Race: Comparative Perspectives
David E.Wilkins
Reading 11. A Tour of Indian Peoples and Indian Lands
Dina Okamoto and g. Cristina Mora
Reading 12. Panethnicity
Saher Selod and David G. Embrick
Reading 13. The Racialization and Muslims
Stepanie L. Canizales and Jody Agius Vallejo
Reading 14. Latinos & Racism in the Trump Era
Charles A. Gallagher
Reading 15. Institutional Racism Revisited: How Institutions Perpetuate and Promote Racism through Color Blindness
Margaret L. Hunter
Reading 16. Skin-Bleaching and Cosmetic Surgery: Buying Racial Capital
Ashely “Woody” Doane
Reading 17. Post-Color Blindness: Trump and the Rise of the New White Nationalism
 
Part II: Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism
Herbert Blumer
Reading 18. Race Prejudice as a Sense of Group Position
Mitchell J. Landrieu
Reading 19. On the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans
Robert K. Merton
Reading 20. Discrimination and the American Creed
Kathleen M. Blee and Elizabeth A. Yates
Reading 21. The Place of Race in Conservative and Far-right Movements
Daina Ramey Berry
Reading 22. The Cost of a Black Corpse: The Racism in the Cadaver Trade
Douglas Massey and Jonathan Tannen
Reading 23. Trends in Black Hypersegregation
Robert D. Bullard
Reading 24. Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Race Still Matters
Michael O. Emerson
Reading 25. Race, Religion, and the Color Line (Or Is That the Color Wall?)
Jeff Wiltse
Reading 26. The Black-White Swimming Disparity in America: Deadly Legacy of Swimming Pool Discrimination
 
Part III: Racialized Opportunity in Social Institutions
Devah Pager
Reading 27. The Mark of a Criminal Record
Andrew Cohen
Reading 28. Crack v. Heroin: How White Users Made Heroin a Public Health Problem
Michelle Alexander
Reading 29. The New Jim Crow
Elizabeth Hinton, LeShare Henderson and Cindy Reed
Reading 30. An Unjust Burden: The Disparate Treatment of Black Americans in the Criminal Justice System
Natasha A. Frost, Todd R. Clear and Carlos E. Monteiro
Reading 31. Ending Mass Incarceration: Six (Not So) Radical Policies for Rapid Decarceration
Amy Braverman
Reading 32. Kristen v. Aisha; Brad v. Rasheed: What’s in a Name and How It Affects Getting a Job
Roger Waldinger
Reading 33. When the Melting Pot Boils Over: The Irish, Jews, Blacks, and Koreans of New York
Victor Ray
Reading 34. Why So Many Organizations Stay White
Allegra Frank
Reading 35. What’s in a Name? For Some Brands, a Racist History Primed to be Toppled
Danielle Dirks and Jennifer Mueller
Reading 36. Racism and Popular Culture
Marci Bounds Littlefield
Reading 37. The Media as a System of Racialization: Exploring Images of African American Women and the New Racism
Bhoomi K. Thakore
Reading 38. South Asian Characterizations in American Popular Music
Evelyn Alsultany
Reading 39. Arabs and Muslims in the Media After 9/11: Representational Strategies for a “Postrace” Era
Debra Merskin
Reading 40. Winnebagos, Cherokees, Apaches, and Dakotas: The Persistence of Stereotyping of American Indians in American Advertising and Brands
Jeremy Adam Smith and Dacher Keltner
Reading 41. Taking a Knee
 
Part IV: How America’s Complexion Changes
Caitlin Dickerson
Reading 42. It’s Always Been About Exclusion
David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martin
Reading 43. Culling the Masses
Stephen Steinberg
Reading 44. The Melting Pot and the Color Line
John R. Logan
Reading 45. Who Are the Other African Americans? Contemporary African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States
Michael W Suleiman
Reading 46. The Arab Immigrant Experience
Mary C. Waters
Reading 47. Ethnic and Racial Identities of Second-Generation Black Immigrants in New York City
Gretchen Livingston and Anna Brown
Reading 48. Intermarriage in the U.S. 50 Years after Loving v. Virginia
Randall L. Kennedy
Reading 49. Captain Kirk Kisses Lieutenant Uhura: Interracial Intimacies—The View from Hollywood
Heather M. Dalmage
Reading 50. Discovering Racial Borders
Kimberly McClain DaCosta
Reading 51. Redrawing the Color Line? The Problems and Possibilities of Multiracial Families and Group Making
Heather McGhee
Reading 52. The Sum of Us All: Prospering Together Across the Color Line
Charles A. Gallagher
Reading 53. Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Race Relations
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • 11 of the 51 readings are new to this edition.
  • Several new readings highlight the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority populations.
  • Other new topics include: The 1619 Project, the rise of White Nationalism in the U.S., Latinos in the Trump era, mass incarceration and the disparate treatment of Black Americans in the criminal justice system, changing racist names for products and sports teams, institutional racism, and ending racism to achieve a “solidarity benefit.”
  • The graphs and tables in the Appendix—“Race by the Numbers: America’s Racial Report Cart”—have been thoroughly updated.
KEY FEATURES:
  • All readings have been selected and edited to ensure that they contribute to students’ understanding of a particular theory or concept, are intellectually engaging, and lend themselves to active learning in the classroom.
  • This reader uses a social constructionist perspective to frame and define the concepts of race and ethnicity in the U.S. The selections stimulate conversation and allow students to think through solutions to what often seem like intractable problems.
  • “Questions to Consider,” ask students to focus their attention on specific themes, issues, or questions raised in the readings to expose them to the classic paradigms in the study of race and ethnic relations in the U.S.
  • Questions posed in each reading’s introduction help guide students through the readings by providing an overview of how each reading is conceptually linked to the others.

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