January 18, 2010 12:52 PM Subscribe
Perceptual Segregation [pdf].
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A Columbia Law Review article by Russell K. Robinson: . . . While many whites view race-consciousness as an evil that must be strenuously
avoided, blacks tend to see race-consciousness as critical to their survival
in white-dominated realms. . . . Blacks and whites are likely to disagree on the very definition of “racial discrimination.” Whites are likely to share the view of the current Supreme Court majority, which defines discrimination primarily as an aberrational form of bad intent. I will call this the “colorblindness perspective.” It believes that most white people are colorblind, and deviations from this norm are unusual. . . . Black people, by contrast, are more likely to be unapologetically race-conscious . . . According to this view, which I call the “pervasive discrimination perspective,” racism . . . regularly manifests itself in daily interactions . . .
The interaction between the invisibility of modern discrimination, because of norms making overt bias relatively rare, and the visibility of traits such as race and sex require a rational outsider to assume that bias is always a possibility. . . . Many outsiders
[broadly speaking, in the US, many people of color and women of whatever color] have learned that performing exactly like insiders
[broadly speaking, many men and self-identified whites] is insufficient to guarantee success. . . . As [divergent life] experiences accumulate, disparate perceptual frameworks are created and reinforced.