Untangling The Language Of Racists Who Deny They’re Racists

Untangling The Language Of Racists Who Deny They’re Racists October 25, 2009

Sendai Anonymous pointed me to a really interesting sociological study by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva which attempts to shed light on the various contortions that “color blind” racists go through in an incoherent attempt to evade their racism while expressing their views.  

First, I document how whites avoid direct racial language while expressing their racial views. Second, I analyze the central rhetorical strategies or “semantic moves” 3 used by whites. Third, I examine the role of projection. Fourth, I show the role of diminutives in color blind talk. Lastly, I examine how incursions into forbidden issues produce almost total incoherence among many whites.

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