American Mixed Race by Naomi Zack

By Naomi Zack

This interesting multidisciplinary assortment brings jointly twenty-two unique essays by means of students at the innovative of racial conception, who tackle either the yankee proposal of race and the categorical difficulties skilled by way of those that don't healthy well into the packing containers society calls for them to envision.

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I more and more wonder why any human being should be confined to just one vessel and just one trip; I like to laugh and say that if a person is balanced enough nothing can buck her off those boats into certain death by drowning. I have asked myself which boat it is that I have chosen, and I feel in my heart that through my poetry my feet are moving more inside the Indian boat. But there is so much culture overlap that a lot of whites are making canoes these days, so who ever knows what one might be stepping into?

Although I am not sure that public policy is more "abstract" than social science, it would seem to be based on the empirical findings of social science. And although autobiographical writing might be as much a theoretical exercise as identity theory, and identity theory, here, is informed by personal experience, identity theory need not explicitly refer to the writer's specific history, whereas autobiography always does. Insofar as art deals with the subjective (in the sense of feeling) aspects of experience, its ability to inform is descriptive, which is why it comes right after autobiography, although, as a distillation and reflection of every conceivable human category and an expression of value concerns, it could be anywhere.

Many multiracial individuals who now choose to identify with their relatives of color may be motivated by family acceptance and a better known family history, as well as rejection from white relatives. The sense of belonging that accompanies present choices of hypodescent may be preferable to the isolation and alienation that could accompany insistence on white identity, mixed identity, or no racial identity. In "Made in the USA," David Goldberg explores how the overriding American racializing project might appropriate categories of mixed race as a new way of reifying and packaging the old idea of race for popular consumption.

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