Synthesizing the interdisciplinary literature, we character-ize color-blind racial ideology (CBRI) as consisting of two interrelated domains: color-evasion (i.e., denial of racial differences by emphasizing sameness) and power-evasion (i.e., denial of racism by emphasizing equal opportunities). Mounting empirical data suggest that the color-evasion dimension is ineffective and in fact promotes interracial tension and potential inequality. CBRI may be conceived as an ultramodern or contemporary form of racism and a legitimizing ideology used to justify the racial status quo. Four types of CBRI are described: denial of (a) race, (b) blatant racial issues, (c) institutional racism, and (d) White privilege. We discuss empirical findings suggesting a rela-tionship between CBRI and increased racial prejudice, racial anger, and racial fear. Implications for education, training, and research are provided.
- Color-blind racial ideology
- Racial be-liefs
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)