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"New Faces in a Changing America is a comprehensive, penetrating, authoritative, and provocative examination of what it means to be multiracial in this country. With contributions by the leading thinkers, activists, and researchers on the subject, it admirably links theory and the powerful lived experiences of mixed-race people. This book will be the most important reference source on the subject for many years." -- James P. Allen, California State University, Northridge New Faces in a Changing America examines the multiracial experience, its history and the political issues and consequences surrounding biracial and multiracial identity, bringing together top names in the field to give readers cutting edge views and insights gained from contemporary research.
Chapter 10: Beyond Mestizaje: The Future of Race in America1
Beyond Mestizaje: The Future of Race in America1
Since its inception, the United States has been obsessed with the idea of race. Moreover, despite many subtle transformations and variations, our dominant racial ideology has remained bipolar. We have always conceived ourselves, in the well-known words of the Kerner Commission, as two nations, “one black, one white—separate and unequal” (National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 1968; O'Brien, 1996; Schwarz, 1997).
There are some who think that the increasing presence and visibility of Latino/as in our society will help to cure this “bipolar disorder.” in its more romantic versions, the thought is that somehow “brown” helps to bridge the gap between “black” and “white”: that our mere ...