My President Is Black?
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.
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