Markets, Racial Inequality, and Individual Choice

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At the same time, a divergent set of discourses that obscures the racism embedded in crime policy emerged in the 1990s. Melamed (2011) argues that the post-Civil Rights, officially anti-racist political economic order has ushered in an era of “neoliberal multiculturalism” in which value is placed on the inclusion of “diverse groups” and racism is viewed only in individual, attitudinal terms. The existence of racism is still acknowledged within this framework, but the cultural scribes of neoliberalism suggest that free markets pave the way to personal freedom, and racial inequality is simply a matter of an individual choice to not take part in those markets (Robbins, 2004).

From Kathleen Nolan (2015), “Neoliberal common sense and race-neutral discourses: a critique of ‘evidence-based’ policy- making in school policing,”Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36:6, 897.

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Markets, Racial Inequality, and Individual Choice

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