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BENEATH THE SURFACE OF WHITE SUPREMACY Stanford Studies in COMPARATIVE RACE AND ETHNICITY BENE ATH THE SUR FACE OF W HITE SUPR EM ACY Denaturalizing U.S. Racisms Past and Present Moon-Kie Jung Stanford University Press Stanford, California Stanford University Press Stanford, California © 2015 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system without the prior written permission of Stanford University Press. Printed in the United States of America on acid-free, archival-quality paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Jung, Moon-Kie, author. Beneath the surface of white supremacy : denaturalizing U.S. racisms past and present / Moon-Kie Jung. pages cm — (Stanford studies in comparative race and ethnicity) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8047-8938-7 (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN 978-0-8047-9519-7 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Racism—United States. 2. United States—Race relations. 3. Minorities— United States—Social conditions. I. Title. II. Series: Stanford studies in comparative race and ethnicity. E184.A1J86 2015 305.800973—dc23 2014037753 ISBN 978-0-8047-9522-7 (electronic) To Minja Ahn and to the memory of Juliana Kwija Yang CONTENTS Acknowledgments ix Part I Denaturalizing Common Sense 1. Introduction: Reconsidering Racism and Theory 3 2. Restructuring a Theory of Racism 21 Part II Denaturalizing the Nation-State 3. The Racial Constitution of the U.S. Empire-State 55 4. The Racial Unconscious of Assimilation Theories 83 Part III Denaturalizing Ignorance 5. Symbolic Coercion and a Massacre of Filipinos 113 6. Symbolic Perversity and the Mass Suffering of Blacks 141 Conclusion: Denaturalizing Racisms Present and Future 169 Notes 183 References 217 Index 239 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS For fourteen years previous to the present one, I taught sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Probably typically, surely not uniquely, this public university changed significantly over that span, on the whole for the worse. To my great good fortune, graduate students and fellow faculty I personally worked and interacted with carried on being their wonderful selves. No doubt their stimulating company and schol- arship made this book better. The staff—administrative, clerical, janitorial, technical—were kind and capable, two of whom I would like to acknowledge by name: more than helping me good-naturedly for thirteen and fourteen years respectively, Shari Day of sociology and Mary Ellerbe of Asian Ameri- can studies are just good people. I thank my new coworkers at the University of Massachusetts for warmly welcoming me. Fellowships and grants from the following institutions provided material and intellectual support for research and writing: Center for Comparative Stud- ies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University; Center for Advanced Study and Campus Research Board, University of Illinois; School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study; and James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University. Faculty, fellows, staff, and

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