An analysis of the Latin Americanization of race in the United States: a reconnaissance of color stratification among Mexicans Academic Article uri icon


  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva has painted with broad strokes a portrait of the future of racial relations in the United States in his paper entitled, "We are all Americans: Toward a New System of Racial Stratification in the U.S.A." [Race and Society (forthcoming)]. In essence, he sees the United States moving from a two-tier, black-white racial system toward a three-tier racial system where persons will be categorized as "white", "honorary white", or "collective black". Additionally, Bonilla-Silva believes that we are moving from a system in which race is commonly taken into account, toward a system of "color-blind" racism. In this article, we closely examine Bonilla-Silva's ideas, and although we appreciate the broad scale of his work and its challenge to traditional race relations, we make adjustments to his work, particularly concerning the location of Latinos in the U.S. racial hierarchy, which lead both to a better understanding of the current and future racial situation in the United States, and toward policy recommendations which could ameliorate the bleak situation in which we find ourselves concerning life chances of people of color. 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Race and Society

author list (cited authors)

  • Murguia, E., & Saenz, R.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Murguia, Edward||Saenz, Rogelio

publication date

  • January 2002