Casting a Blind Eye: The Ironic Consequences of Color-Blindness in South Africa and the United States

@article{Ansell2006CastingAB,
  title={Casting a Blind Eye: The Ironic Consequences of Color-Blindness in South Africa and the United States},
  author={Amy Elizabeth Ansell},
  journal={Critical Sociology},
  year={2006},
  volume={32},
  pages={333 - 356}
}
  • A. Ansell
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Psychology
  • Critical Sociology
This paper addresses the politics of color-blindness in comparative perspective as its meaning has changed over the past half-century. Drawing on the cases of South Africa and the United States, I focus in particular on the socio-political and psychological functions that color-blind ideology performs for whites in defending white advantage in the present context. Although in the past color-blindness served as an effective rallying cry for the abolition of Jim Crow and the demise of apartheid… 

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