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Toni Morrison to Colbert: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Race’ - COLORLINES

Toni Morrison to Colbert: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Race’ - COLORLINES | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author broke it down.
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The audience was dead silent when she said there is no such thing as race. 

I bet there were confused as hell. 

'Cause they and we all know racism is real, and how can racism be real without race? 

I think when we oversimplify 'race as a social construct' - only - then we confuse the hell out of people.


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Disambiguation and the answer to why all this talk about race

Ice, water, and steam are all forms of water. Race also needs to be understood in different ways and through different lenses. 


The  lens of society


Society racializes us. A race label is applied to us regardless of our true ethnic heritage. 


The lens of sociology


Race is the label that the census and school applications require of us to self identify  in order to track discrimination, a requirement since the 1964 civil rights. Race (phenotype) is based on our outward appearance, whereas race (haplotype) takes into account our whole physical identity – inside and out.


The lens of medical science

Most anthropologists describe race (phenotype) as a social construct, often used to discriminate and segregate. Whereas most medical scientists, who are curing diseases, will describe race (haplotype) as real. Medical institutions collect data on self identified race (phenotype). As dangerous as the slippery slope of race-base medicine is, there has been success in finding bone marrow donors through race based donation drives for groups who find it challenging to find a bone marrow match for example.


The lens of hate


Humans are tribal by nature. Wired into us is a fear of the new that we do not understand and therefor a fear of the other. The word for this is xenophobia. Having unchecked fear and living in a society that normalizes the doctrine of white supremacy leads to the normalization of racism.


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PS - I read The Bluest Eye. It's good. 

  

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Tufts creates consortium for race, colonialism and diaspora - The Tufts Daily

Tufts creates consortium for race, colonialism and diaspora - The Tufts Daily | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Tufts officially launched the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (RCD), an interdisciplinary program linking Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Colonialism Studies and Latino Studies, this summer. The program’s Inaugural Celebration and Plenary, featuring a discussion with program directors, was held last night. Associate Professor of History Kris Manjapra said that RCD was …
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 6 of 7 - Mass Media

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk co...
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 4 of 7 - Manipulated Data

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 1 of 7 - A Brief History of the Census

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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The future of racial stratification in the US

The future of racial stratification in the US | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Note: The following is based on chapter eight of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's excellent book, "Racism Without Racists" (2010). This post presents his best guess as of 2010, but without all of his schola...
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"The government may well stop counting people by race. If so, civil rights laws will become harder to enforce and racism easier to deny."

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Is There Anything Wrong With Passing for Black?

Is There Anything Wrong With Passing for Black? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Race Manners: Technically, no, but accepting the benefits of being in a different racial group without having to live with the daily burdens seems a bit unfair.
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Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next

Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Americans of mixed race, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics were among those most likely to check different boxes.
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Is race biologically real?

Is race biologically real? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Is race biologically real? Or is it just a social construct?

In 1912 most Western scientists would have said yes, race is real, a fact of nature. They took it for granted as “obvious”. But in 2012 most geneticists and biological anthropologists would have answered no.

What seems to have changed their minds:
    1. The Holocaust made “race” seem like a dangerous idea now that white people were getting killed. Many scientists began to question it.
    2. Advances in genetics made race seem arbitrary, subjective and, at best, skin deep. It did not match what genes did.
    3. The rise of colour-blind racism in the US, which seeks to address the issue of race by – not seeing it!
    4. Out of Africa – once it became clear that humans came from Africa, not Europe or North Eurasia, scientists did not trade their white supremacism for black supremacism. Instead it was: “Race does not matter!”
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The words ‘haplogroup’ and ‘haplotype’ are the scientific replacements for the word race.
The word ‘cline’ is the poetic replacement for the word race.
The best book I’ve read on this topic is ‘The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference’ by Ann Morning
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Multiracial Asian Families: Mixed or Not, Why Are We Still Taking Pictures of "Race"?

Multiracial Asian Families: Mixed or Not, Why Are We Still Taking Pictures of "Race"? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"This person is an actual living, breathing human being -- but she is not being treated as such...Her physical body is used as a site for others to play out their racial theorizing while her own voice and story remain conspicuously absent."

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It seems the current fascination is on new and often unique versions of mixed race. Some say exotic. 
In the future the fascination may shift to unique designer babies, or 'mono-racial' people, although it's said that there are no pure races. However, there are people who are recently mixed between continents and others who have not mixed between continents in hundreds or thousands of years. 
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Japanese, German, English - Julie

Japanese, German, English - Julie | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"Hi everyone! My name is Julie Taeko Gramlich, and I have always associated more with my Asian side.
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I love the fact that I can break the barrier of race purely with my appearance. I have no idea how many times I have been asked the question “What are you?” or the more politically correct “What is your ethnicity?” I love it. I thrive on it. I almost beg to be asked."
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The Multicultural Doctorate: Why Mixed Race Discussions Matter

The Multicultural Doctorate: Why Mixed Race Discussions Matter | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Mixed race is a significant identity in our race-obsessed society. It causes that extra level of ambivalence, that extra set of questions about identity. It is similar in some ways to the immigrant American experience for example, however, being mixed adds another level of scrutiny. "

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The Question I Never Want To Answer Again

The Question I Never Want To Answer Again | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
I'm pretty sure there is no box for that. You might need a suitcase for all of that. And knowing that will not likely help you to relate to me, understand me or know me any more than you did five seconds ago....
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Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America

Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Pigmentocracies—the fruit of the multiyear Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA)—is a richly revealing analysis of contemporary attitudes toward ethnicity and race in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, four of Latin America’s most populous nations. Based on extensive, original sociological and anthropological data generated by PERLA, this landmark study analyzes ethnoracial classification, inequality, and discrimination, as well as public opinion about Afro-descended and indigenous social movements and policies that foster greater social inclusiveness, all set within an ethnoracial history of each country. A once-in-a-generation examination of contemporary ethnicity, this book promises to contribute in significant ways to policymaking and public opinion in Latin America.


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At Least We Talk About Race in the USA: Zadie Smith on Writing, Race and Color

At Least We Talk About Race in the USA: Zadie Smith on Writing, Race and Color | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Hello Meltingpot Readers, Last week Wednesday I skipped out of work as early as possible so I could get a front row seat at the University of Pennsylvania's Speaker's Series on Color featuring one ...
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 5 of 7 - What Is Race?

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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Should Latino be a Race? Part 2 of 7 - Offset Data

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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Why Mixed with White isn't White

Why Mixed with White isn't White | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"Your child is as white as he is Asian… Why embrace one label and not the other?”

“Why is he Asian but not white? He has white ancestors as much as Asian ones. So if it's OK to call him Asian, it's OK to call him white. Or, if it's not OK to call him white (because he's not completely white) then it's not OK to call him Asian, because he's not completely Asian either.”

“Your child is neither white nor Asian. I once heard this description: When you have a glass of milk and add chocolate to it, you no longer have just a glass of milk and you no longer just have chocolate because you have created something completely different. A bi-racial or multi-racial child is not either/or.”

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Reminds me of the blog called 'Neither Both'  - -Glenn Robinson


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I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story About Race eBook: Dorothy Marcus

I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story About Race - Kindle edition by Dorothy Marcus, Kaypri, Hettie Jones. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story About Race.
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Race & Its Categories in Historical Perspective | Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations

Race & Its Categories in Historical Perspective | Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"A native New Yorker, Ann Morning is an associate professor of sociology at New York University and the author of The Nature of Race (University of California Press, 2011).  In this essay she explores race and its categories in historical perspective.

“Race” is a familiar, everyday word for Americans, one that we routinely come across when we open a newspaper or fill out a form. Yet there is no scientific consensus about what exactly the term denotes. As I report in The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference, even academics within the same discipline, like biology or anthropology, disagree on how best to define the concept of race."
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Pure Beauty: Judging Race in Japanese American Beauty Pageants: Rebecca Chiyoko King-O'Riain

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"With a low rate of immigration and a high rate of interracial marriage, Japanese Americans today compose the Asian ethnic group with the largest proportion of mixed-race members."

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Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites?

Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The Trayvon Martin shooting was hardly in the national consciousness before fault lines emerged around the case. Was Martin as innocent as he seemed? Did Zimmerman fear for his life? Did Martin provoke the incident? Was Zimmerman a racist? Perhaps most controversial among all of these was the question of...
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At first I thought Jamelle Bouie was off base -- conflating ethnicity with race, but he has a point. Is 'White' a culture or a race?
This is the first I've heard of the theory of Hispanic becoming White. 
Steven Riley (of Mixed Race Studies) has mentioned to me that it seems 'Asian' may merge into the White category.
Some say that many Asian Americans out 'white' the Whites. So then, is White more of a culture? I would say a culture because many white's don't even think of themselves as a race - just human - raceless. We all certainly have our cultures but we don't think about race so much unless forced to when filling out the census or school applications, or in academics. 
-Glenn Robinson
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Counting Mixed-Race America Grows Ever More Complex

Counting Mixed-Race America Grows Ever More Complex | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"The National Center for Health Statistics collects vital statistics from the states to document the health of the population. When it comes to collecting birth certificate information, though, the center encounters a problem: 38 states and the District of Columbia report race data in the new and more expansive manner that allows for the recording of more than one race. But a dozen states do not, because they still use old data systems and outdated forms. As a result, the center cannot produce consistent national data for what it calls “medical and health purposes only.”
To get around that problem, the center reclassifies mixed-race births using a complex algorithm. For example, a birth to a parent who marked white, Asian and Native American would be declared just one of those races, depending on a number of variables in a probability model, like sex, age of the mother and place of birth. (Birth data is reported, in most cases, by the race of the mother.)"
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The Ripple Effect: I too, am Harvard and an ongoing discussion about race in higher education

The Ripple Effect: I too, am Harvard and an ongoing discussion about race in higher education | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Originally conceived by Kimiko M. Matsuda-Lawrence ’16, the “I, too, am Harvard” campaign set off a litany of articles, discussions and events around Harvard University earlier this month, and has ...
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The post-racial revolution will be televised

The post-racial revolution will be televised | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Still looking for post-racial America? Turn on the TV. A racial revolution is being televised, and vampires, zombies and headless horsemen are leading the way.
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Jacqueline Keeler's curator insight, March 24, 2014 1:55 PM

Ask Guggenheim and other creators of these sci-fi, fantasy and horror shows to elaborate, and they say the same things: We try to reflect the world we live in; we grew up with friends from different races so we don't like all-white backdrops; successful shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" prove that all of TV is getting more diverse.

 

TV shows that hire more racially diverse casts and writing staffs attract more viewers, a 2012 UCLA study found. Cable shows with 30% to 40% minority casts brought in bigger audiences; shows with casts and writing staffs that were less than 10% minority had the lowest ratings, researchers at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA concluded.