Wilson, William Julius. "New Perspectives on the Declining Significance of Race: A Rejoinder." Ethnic & Racial Studies 38.8 (June 2015): 1278-1284.


In sharp contrast to many earlier studies, the articles in this symposium encompass a careful discussion of the two major underlying themes of my book,The Declining Significance of Race: (1) the effect of fundamental economic and political shifts on the changing relative importance of race and class in black occupational mobility and job placement; and (2) the swing in the concentration of racial conflict from the economic sector to the sociopolitical order. In my rejoinder I reflect on their arguments, including those that relate these themes to more recent developments in American race and ethnic relations featuring other groups, including whites and Latinos.