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

  title={“I Did Not Get that Job Because of a Black Man...”: The Story Lines and Testimonies of Color-Blind Racism},
  author={Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Amanda E. Lewis and David G. Embrick},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
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… 

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