Discrimination and White Economic Loss: A Time Series Examination of the Radical Model

Beck, E. M.
September 1980
Social Forces;Sep80, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p148
Academic Journal
ABSTRACT In this paper I test the radical view that racial discrimination is a tool used by capitalists to inhibit the growth of class solidarity among workers of all races. Specifically, three hypotheses are considered: (1) discrimination against nonwhites erodes the economic status of whites; (2) capitalists benefit from discrimination; and (3) discrimination prohibits the growth of working class solidarity. Using multiple indicators of the major variables and employing annual time series data for the post-World War II period, no evidence was found to support any of these propositions. Additional analysis revealed further evidence which is inconsistent with the radical model.


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