Moray House School of Education Annual Public Lecture

You are warmly invited to attend the Annual Public Lecture at Moray House School of Education. Please see the attached flyer for full details.

Bonilla-Silva MHSE Annual Lecture – 14th June 2017

This event is open to all and we very much hope that as many colleagues, students and friends of the School as possible will be able to attend this exciting and engaging evening.  A drinks reception will be offered after the lecture.

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“Racists,” “Class Anxieties,” and Hegemonic Racism in Trumpamerica

Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, President Elect of the American Sociological Association

Date:                     Wednesday 14 June 2017 from 17:00 to 20:00 (BST)

Venue:                 Lecture Hall G1, Paterson’s Land Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

The world (almost) ended in November 9, 2016, when an orange meteor called Trump hit America. And meteorologists were dumfounded as they did not see it coming.  In this talk, Professor Bonilla-Silva will address three fundamental issues that blinded analysts from seeing this meteor:

  • First, he will contend that the focus on the “racists” prevented social scientists and pundits from examining the systemic racism in place in the nation and how it shapes the racial views of whites.
  • Second, he will examine the idea that disenfranchised whites expressed their class anxieties by voting for Trump. This view ignores that whites also express their racial views through their political behaviour.
  • Third, he will suggest that despite the rhetoric in the campaign, hegemonic racism in America is still organized by the “new racism” and its ideological expression: color-blind racism.

He will end by outlining things we should do to resist racial domination in Trumpamerica.


Prof. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is Professor of Sociology at Duke University and President of the Southern Sociological Society and President-Elect

of the American Sociological Association. His 1997 American Sociological Review article, “Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation,”

challenged analysts to study racial matters structurally rather than from the sterile prejudice perspective. His extensive research has appeared in many prestigious journals. His publications, include White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era, Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2004 Choice Award and again in 2015) White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism (with Ashley Doane), in 2008 White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology (with Tukufu Zuberi and also the cowinner of the 2009 Oliver Cox Award), and in 2011 State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States (with Moon Kie Jung

and João H. Costa Vargas).