By Naomi Zack
This interesting multidisciplinary assortment brings jointly twenty-two unique essays by means of students at the innovative of racial thought, who tackle either the yank inspiration of race and the categorical difficulties skilled by means of those that don't healthy smartly into the packing containers society calls for them to ascertain.
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Her optimism, however, is tempered with the knowledge that social class, education, and economic advantage make it easier for her grandchildren of mixed black and white race not to feel as pressured and defined by the racial differences in their backgrounds, as were their counterparts before the Civil Rights Movement. Cecile Ann Lawrence, who was born and raised in Jamaica, comments indignantly on the American biracial system in which the words black and white have little relation to individual appearance.
These races are not as distinct as species because interbreeding is possible; they are held to be something like breeds, because they seem to be natural biological groupings of human beings into which all individuals can be sorted, based on traits such as skin color, hair texture, and body structure. Although different races have different histories and cultures, their histories and cultures are not part of the biological foundation of racial differences because they are not physically inherited.
That broad sense of social justice had to become entrenched before a new generation could move to the next stage in the American racial story, the stage of questioning the parameters of race itself. And the logic of emancipatory theory, as a progression of ideas in time, is now precisely at that point. The fact that many of the young scholars and researchers on the subject of mixed race are themselves of mixed race informs their work with motives and experience in a way that is now recognized to be necessary for the advancement of a discussion within an emancipatory tradition.
American Mixed Race by Naomi Zack