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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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Race and Culture

Race and Culture

(p.70) Three Race and Culture
The Racial Glass Ceiling

Roy L. Brooks

Yale University Press

The conflicting racial and cultural values that underpin much of the Supreme Court’s decision making in civil rights cases are brought under critical review in this chapter as part of a larger argument regarding cultural diversity made in the next chapter. Thus, this chapter is a bridge between the socio-legal and socio-cultural race problems. In preparation for arguing in the next chapter that cultural diversity rides with a corpse in its cargo—to wit, cultural subordination—this chapter discusses the conflicting racial and cultural crosscurrents of the American middle class and working class. White-middle-class values, more than any other values, shape the American mainstream culture—“It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!”—wherein the problem of cultural subordination lies.

Keywords:   American mainstream culture, Black middle class, Black working class, Cultural identity, Middle-class culture, Middle-class racial differences, White middle class, White working class, Working-class culture, Working-class racial differences

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