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More Than Black: Multiracial Identity & New Racial Order
     

More Than Black: Multiracial Identity & New Racial Order

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by G. Reginald Daniel
 

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In the United States, anyone with even a trace of African American ancestry has been considered black. Even as the twenty-first century opens, a racial hierarchy still prevents people of color, including individuals of mixed race, from enjoying the same privileges as Euro-Americans. In this book, G. Reginald Daniel argues that we are at a cross-roads, with members of

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In the United States, anyone with even a trace of African American ancestry has been considered black. Even as the twenty-first century opens, a racial hierarchy still prevents people of color, including individuals of mixed race, from enjoying the same privileges as Euro-Americans. In this book, G. Reginald Daniel argues that we are at a cross-roads, with members of a new multiracial movement pointing the way toward equality.

Tracing the centuries-long evolution of Eurocentrism, a concept geared to protecting white racial purity and social privilege, Daniel shows how race has been constructed and regulated in the United States. The so-called one-drop rule (i.e., hypodescent) obligated individuals to identify as black or white, in effect erasing mixed-race individuals from the social landscape. For most of our history, many mixed-race individuals of African American descent have attempted to acquire the socioeconomic benefits of being white by forming separate enclaves or "passing." By the 1990s, however, interracial marriages became increasingly common, and multiracial individuals became increasingly political, demanding institutional changes that would recognize the reality of multiple racial backgrounds and challenging white racial privilege.

More Than Black? regards the crumbling of the old racial order as an opportunity for substantially more than an improvement in U.S. race relations; it offers no less than a radical transformation of the nation's racial consciousness and the practice of democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439904831
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
06/25/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
File size:
469 KB

Meet the Author

G. Reginald Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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More Than Black? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Race is something that society creates. It is not neccisary, and should be forgotten in its entiredy. Race leads only to Racism, and seperation; however, ethnicity is good, as it is truely genetic, and knowing where you come from is potentialy life saving.