By Ronald Fernandez
“This ebook is either strong and critical. strong for the testimony it offers from americans of many various (and even combined races) approximately their reports. and demanding simply because there's a racial revolution underway that might upend race as we all know it throughout the twenty-first century.”—John Kenneth White, Catholic collage of AmericaAmerica past Black and White is a decision for a brand new manner of imagining race in the USA. For the 1st time in U.S. background, the black-white dichotomy that has traditionally outlined race and ethnicity is being challenged, now not by way of a small minority, yet by means of the fastest-growing and arguably such a lot vocal phase of the more and more assorted American population—Mexicans, chinese language, jap, Koreans, Indians, Arabs, and plenty of more—who are breaking down and recreating the very definitions of race.Drawing on interviews with countless numbers of american citizens who don’t healthy traditional black/white different types, the writer invitations us to empathize with those “doubles” and to appreciate why they could characterize our greatest likelihood to throw off the strictures of the black/white dichotomy.The revolution is already underway, as rookies and mixed-race “fusions” refuse to have interaction within the winning Anglo- Protestant tradition. american citizens face offerings: comprehend why those participants imagine as they do, or face a destiny that keeps to outline us by way of what divides us instead of by way of what unites us.
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For my Connecticut respondents the color seemed to be a giant vacuum, devoid of meaning or content. An alien might conclude that, given their lack of positive attributes, no one would want to pal around with white people. They apparently offer nothing interesting, stimulating, creative, or important to potential friends or acquaintances. White people are nothing. Yet white people run the United States. It is a puzzle with a solution. On the one hand, whiteness is one of the most positive and powerful ideas in America.
The multicultural movement induces self-criticism of the United States; and then, as Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Korean Americans begin to reexamine the past, they discover a history that challenges the melting pot ideology. All over the United States, college students now take mandated diversity courses that examine ads like “Rough on Rats”; the justi‹able anger that many of them feel then fuels further criticism of Eurocentrism. Yet again, one social condition acts back upon the other with such effectiveness that it is often impossible to separate the chicken and the egg.
First African Americans and then Latinos, Asians, women, gays, the handicapped, and a variety of other groups sought to redress their grievances. Equal opportunity became everybody’s right; simultaneously, the federal government made up for the past with a variety of af‹rmative action efforts. Agencies soon allocated federal funds based on the number of minority citizens in a particular locality. As a way of precisely measuring the population, the Nixon administration issued Statistical Policy Directive 15.
America Beyond Black and White: How Immigrants and Fusions Are Helping Us Overcome the Racial Divide (Contemporary Political and Social Issues) by Ronald Fernandez