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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 8: The Dilemma of Biracial People of African American Descent
The Dilemma of Biracial People of African American Descent
Many outsiders think of the United States as a country ridden with tension between African Americans and European Americans.1 The history of slavery, segregation, and race riots, in particular, has bred this perception. The highly publicized 1965 Watts riot developed primarily in response to police brutality. The even more publicized 1992 Los Angeles riot was a response to the justice system's minor reprimands of the police officers responsible for the beating of Rodney King in 1991. Rodney King's question of “Why can't we all just get along?” has been widely quoted and depicts the frustration common to many Americans. Public disagreement on the ...