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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

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

Roy L. Brooks

Yale University Press

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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