"A tremendously important examination of the racial disparity in achievement in America; one that tests the reflexive assumptions of both liberals and conservatives on the subject. Roithmayr's sobering read on our inequality gap—its roots and its lingering effects—should be required reading for anyone who believes in simple causation or easy fixes for the equality gap. This is a clear-eyed, and often brutal look at whether America is indeed 'post-racial' and what we must demand of ourselves to get there."
—Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate
"Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage by Daria Roithmayr, argues that racial inequality lives on because white advantage functions as a powerful self-reinforcing monopoly, reproducing itself automatically from generation to generation even in the absence of intentional discrimination."
“This is a well-researched and thought provoking analysis of the legacy and complexity of racism that has broad implications for American politics and social policies.”
—Vanessa Bush, Booklist
"The disadvantaged status of many blacks and Latinos is an enduring problem. Legal scholar Daria Roithmayr gives us profoundly important leverage on the 'locked-in' nature of American racial inequality. Her accessible and ably documented book shows how the historic works of 'racial cartels' like the Jim Crow system gave white Americans a now self-reinforcing and troublingly permanent economic advantage in life. Critically, she shows how today’s ostensibly race-neutral processes of family inheritance, social network ties, and institutional practices and meritocratic standards make racial inequality automatic. This book is a necessary antidote to all the nonsense talk of post-racialism."
—Lawrence D. Bobo, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
"This book, which builds on an already impressive body of work by Professor Daria Roithmayr, deserves to be widely read. It is methodologically serious and theoretically rigorous."
—Gerald Torres, Bryant Smith Chair in Law, the University of Texas at Austin School of Law
"The most persuasive argument I've yet seen for why racial inequality persists and what we can do about it. Well-written, well-researched, and well worth reading."
—W. Brian Arthur, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
"Offers an explanation of the operation of race that transcends and incorporates the best extant scholarship on the issue."
—Steven Ramirez, Loyola University Chicago
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