The New Colored People: The Mixed-Race Movement in America

The New Colored People: The Mixed-Race Movement in America


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How can you categorize a multiracial individual in American society without denying some aspect of his or her heritage? Are strict racial categorizations even legitimate or possible today? In light of these questions and the tragic results of South Africa's creation of the category "Coloured," Jon Michael Spencer argues against the creation of a federal "multiracial" classification. While applauding the self-awareness and activism involved in the multiracial movement, Spencer questions the ultimate usefulness of such a category, and explores the possible future, and actual historical, destructive results additional categorization might have.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814780718
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 03/01/1997
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

JON MICHAEL SPENCER is Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Richmond.

Table of Contents

1The Rainbow People of God15
2The Blessings of the One-Drop Rule51
3The Curses of the Amorphous Middle Status91
4Thou Shalt Not Racially Classify131

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From the Publisher

"Jon Michael Spencer has highlighted a new and rising issue on the scene of race relations. . . . Spencer takes a clear, firm, and well-informed position on this complex and vital issue. It is a challenge that the nation will one day be forced to meet."

-Joel R. Williamson,author of New People: Miscegenation and Mulattoes in the United States

"An excellent work of mediation and reconciliation. A book not only of American importance but of global significance."

-Hendrik W. van der Merwe,Director-emeritus of the Centre for Intergroup Studies, University of Cape Town

"Takes on the difficult task of explaining, from a civil-rights perspective, why government should refuse to recognize a [mixed race] category. . . . Thought-provoking."

-The New York Times Book Review,

"Argues boldly and convincingly with valid arguments against the creation of amultiracial classification."

-Multicultural Review

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