Latinos/as and White Racial Frame: The Procrustean Bed of Assimilation Academic Article uri icon


  • When North American slavery was established in the 1600s, an interpretive perspective was developed that sought to justify the institution of African American slavery. This composite perspective, a "white racial frame," was later extended by whites to other racial groups such as Latinos/as. This racial frame, which has become white "common sense," includes important racial stereotypes, understandings, images, and inclinations to act. Various forms of this racial framing exist among different U.S. racial groups, but a strong white racial frame has prevailed because whites have long had the power and the resources to impose this reality. A hegemonic situation occurs when people of color consent in various ways to this white racial framing and common sense. This acceptance varies. We discuss four forms of consent to white racial framing that appear in our in-depth interviews in a national sample of Latinos/as. Three forms reference Latinos: acceptance of elements of the racial frame, active enactment of the racial frame, and internalized violence. The fourth use of racial framing is directed by Latinos at African Americans. © 2008 Alpha Kappa Delta.

author list (cited authors)

  • Feagin, J. R., & Cobas, J. A.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Feagin, Joe R||Cobas, José A

publication date

  • February 2008