â€œWhat Are You?â€ Multiracial Identity and the Persistence of Racism in a â€œPost-Racialâ€ SocietyAbstract segment: "In 2000, and for the first time, the U.S. Census allowed individuals to â€œmark one or moreâ€ races, and now the U.S. Census projects that those who choose two or more races will triple by 2050. The occurrence of the â€œbiracial baby boom,â€ a new post-racial ideology, and the election of the first Black (or biracial depending on oneâ€™s categorization) U.S. president have led to great hopes for a nation where race no longer matters. On the other hand, there is persistent discrimination including wide disparities in education, wealth, and employment. Thus, does multiracialism signify that societyâ€™s race relations are improving and that we are deconstructing racial categories and racism? Or, does multiracialism naively overlook the continuing vestiges of race and racism and merely reify â€œraceâ€ in efforts to defend the recognition and experiences of those who are â€œmixed race?â€ Through a study of 70 people of mixed-race descent, I seek an answer to this debate. I ask: how does multiracial identity manifest itself and align with and/or contest the current racial hierarchy?"
Hephzibah Virginia Strmic-Pawl
University of Virginia
Department of Sociology
|Date Added||November 5, 2016|
|Date Modifed||October 17, 2017|
|Collection||UVA scholarship on sexual violence, 1974-|
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