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The Sweet and Sour Taste of Racism in “Post-Racial” America

Urban Leadership Academy (ULA), Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CDT)

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 ** Please note that this workshop is getting close to capacity and non-member registration has been closed. Please visit this page to put your name on the wait list. You will be contacted the week of April 17 if a seat becomes available. Contact Diane Boatman with questions, or 612-625-9087. **

The Sweet and Sour Taste of Racism in “Post-Racial” America

Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Most whites believe racism is limited to bigots: the KLAN, Cliven Bundy (Nevada Rancher) and Donald Sterling (former owner of the Clippers), and Donald Trump and many of his supporters. In this presentation I will argue that racism morphed in the 1970s into a more “civilized” racial system and produced a new type of prejudice. To make my case, I will do four things. First, define racism and suggest that, above anything else, it is systemic race-based privilege defended through racial domination. Second, provide the general characteristics of the “new racism” or the system of racial domination that replaced Jim Crow in the 1970s. Third, describe the dominant prejudice of contemporary America which I have labeled in my work as “color-blind racism.” Fourth, illustrate how the new racism system and the new prejudice work in organizations the parade as “beyond race”: colleges. I will conclude my talk by suggesting several things we might consider doing to fight dominant as well as secondary forms of racism in contemporary America.

About Dr. Bonilla-Silva:

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is Professor and Chair of the Sociology department at Duke University. Professor Bonilla-Silva gained visibility in the social sciences with his 1997 American Sociological Review article, “Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation,” where he challenged social analysts to study racial matters structurally rather than from the sterile prejudice perspective. Bonilla-Silva has received many awards, most notably, the 2007 Lewis Coser Award given by the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association for Theoretical-Agenda Setting and, in 2011, the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award given by the American Sociological Association “to an individual or individuals for their work in the intellectual traditions of the work of these three African American scholars.” He is the President-Elect of the Southern Sociological Society and was recently elected President of the American Sociological Association.


ULA 2016/2017 Theme:

Make it Real: Instructional Leadership = Racial Equity

Minnesota school leaders must create an equitable and culturally responsive space for all students to learn. In order to drive change, racial equity must be at the center of instructional leadership. Join us for ULA’s 2016 to 2017 workshop series, to focus and reflect on what it means to be a racially equitable leader, providing expertise and vision for your district, your school, your team, your classroom.

For the past 21 years, the Urban Leadership Academy has provided programming and sustained dialogue focused on the continuous professional development of school leaders. Each workshop provides school leaders the opportunity to explore the complexity of leading learning organizations in order to better serve students. The ULA advisory board, comprised of district leaders from our seven member districts, continues to build on the educational strengths and challenges explored through each thematic series.


Workshops are held 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. Continental breakfast and registration begins at 8:00 am, and lunch is provided as well.

CEUs earned: 5 (both teacher clock hour certificates and administrative CEU certificates are available)


We are committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our communities. If there is information you feel would be helpful for us to know, including disability, nursing mother, or other accommodation needs, please contact Jessica McLain,


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CDT)

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Urban Leadership Academy (ULA), Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) is an interdisciplinary unit focusing on educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. OLPD is home to 47 faculty and staff serving students from across the world in undergraduate programs, professional development learning opportunities, and graduate programs.

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