American Racism: Exploration of the Nature of Prejudice
The interdisciplinary approach of the authors applies sociological principles to the history of racism in America. They argue that, despite the ethnic complexity of American racism, there has always been an oppressive two-category system operating to separate races and ethnic groups. After discussing four ways in which the system has been maintained, they critically examine the motivations underlying prejudice. Following a historical narrative which ranges from the decimation of the Indian to the fury of Watts, the authors explain how the once rigid race and caste lines of our society have been modified in recent years. This book provides valuable insights into the basic causes of racial and ethnic conflict, and offers an approach to the understanding and improvement of future problems of prejudice.
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