The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace Annual Lecture Highlights the Problem of Racism in “Post-Racial” America

The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland has announced the speaker and topic of its 2014 Annual Lecture to be held on September 18 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA. Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor and chair of the Sociology Department at Duke University will be speaking on “The Problem of Racism in ‘Post-Racial’ America.”

eduardo-bonilla-silvaDr. Bonilla-Silva describes his talk this way: “Most whites believe racism has virtually disappeared in the country except for bigots such as Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling.” In his presentation he “will argue that racism morphed in the 1970s into a more ‘civilized’ system and produced a new type prejudice.” To make his case, Dr. Bonilla-Silva plans to do four things:

  1. “Define racism and suggest that it is, above anything else, systemic racial privilege.”
  2. “Provide the general characteristics of the ‘new racism’ or the system of racial domination that replaced Jim Crow in the 1970s.”
  3. “Describe the dominant prejudice of contemporary America which I have labeled in my work as ‘color-blind racism.’”
  4. “Illustrate how the new racism system and the new prejudice work in organizations that parade as ‘beyond race’: colleges and universities.”

Dr. Bonilla-Silva will conclude his “talk by suggesting several things we might consider doing to slay the elusive racial dragon once and for all.”

In addition to chairing and teaching in Duke University’s Sociology Department, Dr. Bonilla-Silva maintains affiliations with African and African American Studies, Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, and the Institute for Critical U.S. Studies. He is currently working on two books: “Anything but Racism: How Social Analysts Limit the Significance of Race” (with two colleagues) and “White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology (with another colleague). He is also working on a project called “We Are All Americans! The Latin Americanization of Race Relations in the USA,” exploring the changing dynamics of racial stratification in the United States.