The Declining Significance of Race: Revisited & Revised
I published The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions thirty-two years ago, in 1978. Given the furor and controversy over the book immediately following its publication, I did not anticipate that it would go on to become a classic. Indeed, the bookâ€™s impact on the field of race and ethnic relationsâ€“its arguments have been discussed in nearly eight hundred empirical research articles, not to mention the non-empirical studiesâ€“lends credence to the idea of productive controversy and to George Bernard Shawâ€™s famous dictum: â€œ[I]t is better to be criticized and misunderstood than to be ignored.â€ My motivation for this essay is to reflect on responses to the book that claim to provide an empirical test of my thesis. In the process, I indicate the extent to which important findings have influenced my thinking since the bookâ€™s publication.
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