The Myth of Post-Racial America: Searching for Equality in the Age of Materialism by H. Roy KaplanThe Myth of Post-Racial America: Searching for Equality in the Age of Materialism by H. Roy Kaplan

The Myth of Post-Racial America: Searching for Equality in the Age of Materialism

byH. Roy Kaplan

Paperback | February 16, 2011

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The Myth of Post-Racial America provides a history of race and racism in the United States. These concepts became integral parts of American society through social, psychological, and political decisions, which are documented so readers can learn about the origin of myths and stereotypes that have created schisms in our society from its founding to the present day. This information is essential reading for students and teachers so they can become more effective in their work and value cultural differences, modes of expression, and learning styles.
H. Roy Kaplan, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has received many local and national honors for his multicultural work in schools and in 1998 was named 'National Hero of Education' by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Title:The Myth of Post-Racial America: Searching for Equality in the Age of MaterialismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 9.11 × 6.09 × 0.61 inPublished:February 16, 2011Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610480066

ISBN - 13:9781610480062

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Table of Contents

1 1. Facing the Challenge of Diversity 2 2. The Origin of Our Species 3 3. The Rise of Racism 4 4. Darwin's Descendants: Contemporary Scientific Racism 5 5. Justifying the Indefensible: Rationalizing Domination and Exploitation 6 6. Why People Hate 7 7. Surviving White Culture 8 8. You Have to be Carefully Taught: Learning About Race and Racism 9 9. Thinking About Race 10 10. Teaching About Inclusivity in Schools 11 11. Corporate Diversity and the Cost of Color 12 12. Social Inequality from the World of Work to Society 13 13. Racial Disparities in Health and Wellness 14 14. Crime and Punishment 15 15. How the Military Shaped Blacks' Progress 16 16. The Myth of the Meritocracy 17 17.More than Talk: Why Dialogue is Not Enough

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For many, the election of Barack Obama signaled that the US had become a postracial society. Kaplan (Africana studies, Univ. of South Florida) disputes this idea. He cites influential racial theorists, scholarly studies, and anecdotal evidence to support his conclusion that whites continue to dominate US society, and suggests that white domination will persist into the future. Kaplan warns that the US must become a postracial society if it is to remain a viable nation-state. The author excels at providing brief snapshots of continuing racial disparities in education, health, wealth, and crime and punishment. While Kaplan makes a compelling argument, the brevity of each of the book's 17 chapters (10-12 pages on average) hampers its persuasiveness. For instance, Kaplan devotes only two pages to discussing the interesting claim that racial prejudice is primarily engendered by consumerism. In addition, the author heavily relies on secondary literature; consequently, he fails to provide any new insights into the problem of race or how to alleviate it. Despite these shortcomings, the book provides a useful primer for understanding contemporary race relations.