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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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Unrelenting Racial Progress

Unrelenting Racial Progress

(p.142) Epilogue Unrelenting Racial Progress
The Racial Glass Ceiling

Roy L. Brooks

Yale University Press

Beyond the usual coordinates of racism, conventionally defined, and socioeconomic class lies a form of racial inequality that has not been fully studied or developed in scholarly circles or public discussions about the problems African Americans, or blacks, face in our post–Jim Crow society. This form of racial inequality subordinates racial advancement to competing nonracist interests. It disadvantages all blacks, including the rich and famous—Oprah and President Obama—by making it more difficult than it otherwise has to be for blacks to climb out of the abyss of racial degradation wrought by slavery and Jim Crow. Racial degradation strikes at the heart of basic equality; that is, human dignity, equal worth. I call this form of racial inequality racial subordination....

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