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Tacit Racism

Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck


Every time we interact with another person, we draw unconsciously on a set of expectations to guide us through the encounter. What many of us in the United States—especially White people—do not recognize is that centuries of institutional racism have inescapably molded those expectations into taken-for-granted practices that reproduce the biases in our society. These practices can shape everything from how we greet our neighbors to whether we take a second look at a résumé. This is tacit racism, and it is one of the most pernicious threats to our nation. In this book we show how racism is code ... More

Keywords: tacit racism, Interaction Orders of Race, race and ethnicity, institutional racism, democracy, W.E.B. Du Bois, double consciousness, whiteness, Erving Goffman, Harold Garfinkel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226703558
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226703725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Warfield Rawls, author
Bentley University

Waverly Duck, author
University of Pittsburgh