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By Naomi Zack

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

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Given the complicated possibilities for racial mixture over generations, there may also be individuals who are racially unique. Page x As a contributor to this volume, I am pessimistic about the long-term success of any intellectual (or practical) project of microdiversity because I think that current ideas of diversity (or racial difference) are based on outdated pseudoscientific beliefs about race; and the Balkanization of a bad idea, no matter how well-enshrined that idea is historically, can only lead to more trouble.

My ivory-colored, wavy-haired, green-eyed mother was not only sensitive to the sun but very sensitive about my dark coloring and "nappy" hair, though she loved my green eyes. I mention hair because African Americans almost always associate hair texture, ranging from straight to kinky, with skin color. In the years since my childhood, the civil rights movement, the talk of "Black is Beautiful," and racial pride have done little to erase the obsessive concerns of African Americans with their appearancethey still measure themselves by European beauty standards.

By Stephen Satris, refers to a question strangers have asked him about his two daughters. Because Satris's ancestry is European and their mother's is Japanese, he knows that there is no answer to this demand for a short response of one racial Page xx category. From that starting point, Satris examines the different emphases on ancestry and appearance in American racial sorting. " Beginning with minstrelsy in the nineteenth century and concluding with contemporary film and television portrayals of mixed black and white race in the United States, Giles summarizes a wide panorama of plots and depictions by both black and white writers.

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