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Are the Americas 'sick with racism' or is it a problem at the poles? A reply to Christina A. Sue

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Bonilla-Silva,Eduardo (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
2009
Published:
United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis
ISBN:
1466-4356
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, Race relations, Demography, South America, Social structure
Notes:
Christina A. Sue commented on my 2004 article in Ethnic and Racial Studies on the Latin Americanization of racial stratification in the USA. Almost all her observations hinge on the assumption that racial stratification in Latin American countries is fundamentally structured around ‘two racial poles’. I disagree with her and in my reply do three things. First, I address three major claims or issues in her comment. Second, I point out some methodological limitations of American-centered race analysis in Latin America. Third, I conclude by discussing briefly the Obama phenomenon and suggest this event fits in many ways my Latin Americanization thesis.