"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.

The New Multiracialism: An Affirmation of or an End to Race as We Know It?

The new multiracialism: An affirmation of or an end to race as we know it?
Mary ThierryTexeiraCalifornia State University, San Bernardino

I want people to think I'm more than a ghetto girl…. I want to walk into dance halls and feel like a movie star, a white one.

—Serge F. Kovaleski (1999)1

Consider the following scenarios:

  • In the 19th century, with slavery of Africans in full bloom and antimiscegenation laws rabidly enforced, New Orleans' wealthiest white men gather for their annual quadroon ball. Amid a climate of the strictest separation of the races, they each choose a concubine from among a bevy of young women of color, all of whose ancestors include slaves.
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