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The Price of Progressive PoliticsThe Welfare Rights Movement in an Era of Colorblind Racism$
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Rose Ernst

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814722480

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814722480.001.0001

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Race and Class Consciousness

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The Price of Progressive Politics
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Rose Ernst

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814722480.003.0005

This chapter studies the “race and class consciousness” frames that challenge the dominant racial ideology of colorblindness. Colorblindness frames articulate different forms of marginalization in a hierarchical manner rather than as mutually constitutive processes. Race and class consciousness frames, on the other hand, take experiential and political intersectionality seriously. They reflect a consciousness about the multiplicative nature of identity and, by extension, the multiplicative and interlocking qualities of these systems. These frames also transform intersectionality from a theoretical approach to a practical organizing and political strategy. Race and class consciousness frames are used most often by women of color activists. They are the foundation of a challenge to colorblind racism.

Keywords:   race consciousness frame, class consciousness frames, colorblindness, marginalization, intersectionality, identity, colorblind racism, women of color activists

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