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Biracial in America

Biracial in America Author Nikki Khanna, University of Vermont, author of Biracial in America
ISBN-10 9780739145760
Release 2011-09-16
Pages 204
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Biracial in America: Forming and Performing Racial Identity looks at how and why biracial Americans identify the way they do, and the ways in which they perform race in their day-to-day lives. Noting that identity is multifaceted, this book also explores multiple dimensions of identity and finds that identity is more complex than often treated in previous research.



Race policy and multiracial Americans

Race policy and multiracial Americans Author Kathleen Odell Korgen
ISBN-10 9781447316466
Release 2016-01-13
Pages 244
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Race Policy and Multiracial Americans is the first book to look at the impact of multiracial people on race policies—where they lag behind the growing numbers of multiracial people in the U.S. and how they can be used to promote racial justice for multiracial Americans. Using a critical mixed race perspective, it covers such questions as: Which policies aimed at combating racial discrimination should cover multiracial Americans? Should all (or some) multiracial Americans benefit from affirmative action programmes? How can we better understand the education and health needs of multiracial Americans?This much-needed book is essential reading for sociology, political science and public policy students, policy makers, and anyone interested in race relations and social justice.



The Multiracial Experience

The Multiracial Experience Author Maria P. P. Root
ISBN-10 0803970595
Release 1996
Pages 481
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How might a multiracial concept dismantle our negative construction of race? How do we redefine `ethnicity' when `race' is less central to the definition? The Multiracial Experience challenges current theoretical and political conceptualizations of race using the multiracial experience of individuals as a tool for examining these and other questions. Each contribution opens with a personal sketch of the multiracial experience. Topics explored in the book include: the differences between race and ethnicity; colour, gender and sexuality in a multiracial context; and ethnicity and its role in identity formation.



Caucasia

Caucasia Author Danzy Senna
ISBN-10 9781101650868
Release 1999-02-01
Pages 432
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Look out for Danzy Senna's latest book, New People, on sale in August! Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother, intellectuals and activists in the Civil Rights Movement in 1970s Boston. The sisters are so close that they speak their own language, yet Birdie, with her light skin and straight hair, is often mistaken for white, while Cole is dark enough to fit in with the other kids at school. Despite their differences, Cole is Birdie’s confidant, her protector, the mirror by which she understands herself. Then their parents’ marriage collapses. One night Birdie watches her father and his new girlfriend drive away with Cole. Soon Birdie and her mother are on the road as well, drifting across the country in search of a new home. But for Birdie, home will always be Cole. Haunted by the loss of her sister, she sets out a desperate search for the family that left her behind. The extraordinary national bestseller that launched Danzy Senna’s literary career, Caucasia is a modern classic, at once a powerful coming of age story and a groundbreaking work on identity and race in America.



Performing Race and Erasure

Performing Race and Erasure Author Shannon Rose Riley
ISBN-10 9781137592118
Release 2016-06-22
Pages 273
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In this book, Shannon Rose Riley provides a critically rich investigation of representations of Cuba and Haiti in US culture in order to analyze their significance not only to the emergence of empire but especially to the reconfiguration of US racial structures along increasingly biracial lines. Based on impressive research and with extensive analysis of various textual and performance forms including a largely unique set of skits, plays, songs, cultural performances and other popular amusements, Riley shows that Cuba and Haiti were particularly meaningful to the ways that people in the US re-imagined themselves as black or white and that racial positions were renegotiated through what she calls acts of palimpsest: marking and unmarking, racing and erasing difference. Riley’s book demands a reassessment of the importance of the occupations of Cuba and Haiti to US culture, challenging conventional understandings of performance, empire, and race at the turn of the twentieth century.



Racecraft The Soul of Inequality in American Life

Racecraft  The Soul of Inequality in American Life Author Karen Fields
ISBN-10 9781844679942
Release 2012-10-09
Pages 302
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The election of Barack Obama was supposed to herald the dawn of a post-racial age in America—a meaningless term without a grasp of what "racial" means. Most people assume that racism grows from the perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. In this myth-busting reflection, the sociologist Karen E. Fields and the historian Barbara J. Fields argue the opposite: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call racecraft. And racecraft is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed. That the post-racial age has not dawned, the Fieldses argue, reflects the failure of Americans to develop a legitimate language for thinking about and discussing inequality across the board. That failure should worry all who care about democratic institutions.



From Black to Biracial

From Black to Biracial Author Kathleen Odell Korgen
ISBN-10 0275959066
Release 1998
Pages 143
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Korgen (sociology, Drury College) examines the racial identity of black/white biracial Americans, exploring the history of the subject from 1776, differing perspectives of those who grew up before and after the civil rights movement, the historical, social and cultural influences on the transformati



Politics Beyond Black and White

Politics Beyond Black and White Author Lauren D. Davenport
ISBN-10 9781108425988
Release 2018-03-29
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This book investigates the social and political implications of the US multiracial population, which has surged in recent decades.



Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria Author Beverly Daniel Tatum
ISBN-10 9781541616585
Release 2017-09-05
Pages 464
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The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism--now fully revised and updated Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America. "An unusually sensitive work about the racial barriers that still divide us in so many areas of life."-Jonathan Kozol



The Autobiography of an Ex Colored Man

The Autobiography of an Ex Colored Man Author James Weldon Johnson
ISBN-10 9781775411215
Release 2009-05-01
Pages 218
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James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is the fictional account of the life of a young American man in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. With his bi-racial heritage, the Ex-Colored Man is faced with the choice of embracing his black culture and its ragtime music, or passing as a white man and living a mediocre middle-class existence. While not actually an autobiography, Johnson based the book on his own life and the lives of people he knew.



Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States

Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States Author Natalie Masuoka
ISBN-10 9780190657475
Release 2017-07-24
Pages 256
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While pundits point to multiracial Americans as new evidence of a harmonious ethnic melting pot, in reality mixed race peoples have long existed in the United States. Rather than characterize multiracial Americans as a "new" population, this book argues that instead we should view them as individuals who reflect a new culture of racial identification. Today, identities such as "biracial" or "swirlies" are evoked alongside those more established racial categories of white, black Asian and Latino. What is significant about multiracial identities is that they communicate an alternative viewpoint about race: that a person's preferred self-identification should be used to define a person's race. Yet this definition of race is a distinct contrast to historic norms which has defined race as a category assigned to a person based on certain social rules which emphasized things like phenotype, being "one-drop" of African blood or heritage. In Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States, Natalie Masuoka catalogues how this cultural shift from assigning race to perceiving race as a product of personal identification came about by tracing events over the course of the twentieth century. Masuoka uses a variety of sources including in-depth interviews, public opinion surveys and census data to understand how certain individuals embrace the agency of self-identification and choose to assert multiracial identities. At the same time, the book shows that the meaning and consequences of multiracial identification can only be understood when contrasted against those who identify as white, black Asian or Latino. An included case study on President Barack Obama also shows how multiracial identity narratives can be strategically used to reduce anti-black bias among voters. Therefore, rather than looking at multiracial Americans as a harbinger of dramatic change for American race relations, this Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States shows that narratives promoting multiracial identities are in direct dialogue with, rather than in replacement of, the longstanding racial order.



The Color of Water

The Color of Water Author James McBride
ISBN-10 9781408832493
Release 2012-03-01
Pages 256
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As a boy in Brooklyn's Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she'd simply say 'I'm light-skinned.' Later he wondered if he was different too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. 'You're a human being,' she snapped. 'Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!' And when James asked what colour God was, she said 'God is the colour of water.' As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story - the story of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college.



Showing Our Colors

Showing Our Colors Author May Opitz
ISBN-10 0870237608
Release 1992
Pages 239
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Precolonial images of Africa, colonialism, and fascism -- The Germans in the Colonies -- African and Afro-German women in the Weimar Republic and under National Socialism -- Our father was Cameroonian, our mother, East Prussian, we are mulattoes / Doris Reiprich and Erika Ngambi Ul Kuo -- An "occupation baby" in postwar Germany / Helga Emde -- "Aren't you glad you can stay here?" / Astrid Berger -- "Mirror the invisible, play the forgotten" / Miriam Goldschmidt -- Three Afro-German women in conversation with Dagmar Schultz / Laura Baum, Katharina Oguntoye, May Optiz[sic] -- "What makes me so different in the eyes of others?" / Ellen Wiedenroth -- Old Europe meets up with itself in a different place / Corinna N. -- "All of a sudden, I knew what I wanted" / Angelika Eisenbrandt -- "I do the same things that others do" / Julia Berger -- Mother: Afro-German, Father: Ghanaian / Abena Adomako -- The break / May Optiz[sic] -- What I've always wanted to tell you / Katharina Oguntoye -- "I never wanted to write, I just couldn't help myself" / Raya Lubinetzki.



Beyond Black and White

Beyond Black and White Author Manning Marable
ISBN-10 1859840493
Release 1995
Pages 236
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A generation removed from the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power explosion of the 1960s, the pursuit of racial equality and social justice for African-Americans seems more elusive than ever. The realities of contemporary black America capture the nature of the crisis: life expectancy for black males is now below retirement age; median black income is less than 60 per cent that of whites; over 600,000 African-Americans are incarcerated in the US penal system; 23 per cent of all black males between the ages of eighteen and 29 are either in jail, on probation or parole, or awaiting trial. At the same time, affirmative action programs and civil rights reforms are being challenged by white conservatism. Confronted with a renascent right and the continuing burden of grotesque inequality, Manning Marable argues that the black struggle must move beyond previous strategies for social change. The politics of black nationalism, which advocates the building of separate black institutions, is an insufficient response. The politics of integration, characterized by traditional middle-class organizations like the NAACP and Urban League, seeks only representation without genuine power. Instead, a transformationist approach is required, one that can embrace the unique cultural identity of African-Americans while restructuring power and privilege in American society. Only a strategy of radical democracy can ultimately deconstruct race as a social force. Beyond Black and White brilliantly dissects the politics of race and class in the US of the 1990s. Topics include: the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy; the factors behind the rise and fall of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition: Benjamin Chavis and the conflicts within the NAAPC; and the national debate over affirmative action. Marable outlines the current debates in the black community between liberals, 'Afrocentrists', and the advocates of social transformation. He advances a political vision capable of drawing together minorities into a majority which can throw open the portals of power and govern in its own name.



Mixed Race Amnesia

Mixed Race Amnesia Author Minelle Mahtani
ISBN-10 9780774827751
Release 2014-10-15
Pages 288
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Racially mixed people in the global north are often portrayed as the embodiment of an optimistic, post-racial future. In Mixed Race Amnesia, Minelle Mahtani makes the case that this romanticized view of multiraciality governs both public perceptions and personal accounts of the mixed race experience. Drawing on a series of interviews, she explores how, in order to adopt the view that being mixed race is progressive, a strategic forgetting takes place – one that obliterates complex diasporic histories. She argues that a new anti-colonial approach to multiraciality is needed, one that emphasizes how colonialism shapes the experiences of mixed race people today.



The Nature of Race

The Nature of Race Author Ann Morning
ISBN-10 9780520270305
Release 2011-05-25
Pages 310
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Includes bibliographical references and index.



Spurious Issues

Spurious Issues Author Rainier Spencer
ISBN-10 0813336775
Release 1999
Pages 222
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A critical examination of multiracial ideology and activism, demonstrating that no legitimate multiracial identity politics can be built upon the corrupt foundation of biological race.