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Unformatted text preview: from Jim Crow racism to laissez-faire racism.
As part of this change, we witnessed the virtual disappearance of overt
bigotry, of demands for strict segregation, of advocacy of governmentmandated discrimination, and of adherence to the belief that blacks
are the categorical intellectual inferiors to whites. The decline in fullblown Jim Crow racism, however, has not resulted in its opposite, a
thoroughly antiracist popular ideology based on an embracing and
democratic vision of the common humanity, worth, dignity, and place
in the polity for blacks alongside whites. Instead, the institutionalized
racial inequalities created by the long era of slavery followed by Jim
Crow racism are now popularly accepted and condoned under a
modern free market or laissez-faire racist ideology. Laissez-faire racism
involves persistent negative-stereotyping of African Americans, a
tendency to blame blacks themselves for the black-white gap in
socioeconomic standing, and resistance to meaningful political efforts
to ameliorate U.S...
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