Mark One or More: Civil Rights in Multiracial America

Mark One or More: Civil Rights in Multiracial America

by Kim M. Williams


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Mark One or More tells the little-known story of the struggle to include a multiracial category on the U.S. census, and the profound changes it wrought in the American political landscape.
The movement to add a multiracial category to the 2000 U.S. Census provoked unprecedented debates about race. The effort made for strange bedfellows. Republicans like House Speaker Newt Gingrich and affirmative action opponent Ward Connerly took up the multiracial cause. Civil rights leaders opposed the movement on the premise that it had the potential to dilute the census count of traditional minority groups. The activists themselves—a loose confederation of organizations, many led by the white mothers of interracial children—wanted recognition. What they got was the transformation of racial politics in America.
Mark One or More is the compelling account of how this small movement sparked a big change, and a moving call to reassess the meaning of racial identity in American life.
Kim M. Williams is Associate Professor of Public Policy in Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and an expert in racial and ethnic politics and political movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472032808
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 02/27/2008
Series: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction     1
Undoing the Working Definition of Race     7
The Multiracial Census     39
Multiracial Category Legislation in the States     65
Political Commitments     85
Growing Racial Diversity and the Civil Rights Future     111
Appendixes     133
Notes     145
Bibliography     165
Index     187

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