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The Racial Glass CeilingSubordination in American Law and Culture$
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Roy L. Brooks

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300223309

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300223309.001.0001

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A New Understanding of Racial Subordination

A New Understanding of Racial Subordination

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(p.1) Introduction A New Understanding of Racial Subordination
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The Racial Glass Ceiling
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Roy L. Brooks

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300223309.003.0001

This chapter introduces three main themes presented in the book. First, racism is not coterminous with racial inequality. The term “racial subordination” is used in a new and more useful way to refer to a non-nefarious external source of racial inequality. This discussion revolves around an illustration that clearly demonstrates the difference between racism and racial subordination. Second, though motivated by a non-nefarious reason, racial subordination is not racial innocence. Allowing racial subordination to persist effectively creates a racial glass ceiling. For that reason, it is bad social policy. Third, even well-to-do blacks are vulnerable to racial subordination. This means that the race problem is not simply a socioeconomic problem requiring a socioeconomic solution. The race problem in post-civil rights America is, in fact, not one but three interrelated problems (a three-headed hydra)—socioeconomic, socio-legal, and socio-cultural with the latter two manifested mainly as racial subordination. This book focuses on the subordination side of the race problem.

Keywords:   Civil rights, Conservatives, Donald Sterling, Liberals, Mark Cuban, Racial inequality, Racial Subordination, Racism, Supreme Court

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