"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 14: Does Multiraciality Lighten?: Me-Too Ethnicity and the Whiteness Trap
Does Multiraciality Lighten?: Me-Too Ethnicity and the Whiteness Trap
Multiraciality Studies and Whiteness Studies
The two most striking themes—some would say movements—in recent ethnic studies literature are expressions of multiraciality and studies of Whiteness.1 There are similarities and perhaps connections between the two themes. Both depend on an understanding that race is a constructed entity rather than a biological essence. Both Whiteness studies and mutiracialism have been put forth by their advocates as expressions of antiracism. In addition, both have been accused by their detractors of selling out the interests of people of color. It is true that there are potential dangers for monoracial communities of color in both the Whiteness studies movement and ...