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Black MosaicThe Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity$
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Candis Watts Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479823543

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479823543.001.0001

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My President Is Black?

(p.197) Conclusion
Black Mosaic

Candis Watts Smith

NYU Press

This concluding chapter recapitulates the study of the book: a comparative analysis that connects identity to politics in order to can gain a better understanding of diasporic consciousness. The book examines the group membership and group identity of Blacks, followed by a discussion of Black group consciousness, political attitudes, and behaviors. Evidence shows that both native- and foreign-born Blacks have agency in shaping the denotation and connotation of the racial and ethnic labels that have been ascribed to them. Furthermore, they can reject, embrace, or transform the meaning of these labels. In particular, Black immigrants and natives appear to embrace “Black” as a pan-ethnic term, very much in the way that “Latino” or “Asian” functions among members of those pan-ethnic groups.

Keywords:   diasporic consciousness, Blacks, ethnic labels, Black immigrants, pan-ethnic groups

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