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Multiracials and Civil RightsMixed-Race Stories of Discrimination$
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Tanya Katerí Hernández

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479830329

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479830329.001.0001

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Racial Mixture as a Presumed Complication in Antidiscrimination Law

Racial Mixture as a Presumed Complication in Antidiscrimination Law

(p.1) 1 Racial Mixture as a Presumed Complication in Antidiscrimination Law
Multiracials and Civil Rights

Tanya Katerí Hernández

NYU Press

This chapter will describe the social development of people increasingly identifying as multiracial, and introduce the social and legal implications of this. It will then identify the concept of multiracial-identity scholarship and its premise that the multiracial experience of discrimination is exceptional and not well understood or handled by present anti-discrimination law. It will set out the theoretical inquiry of the book as addressing the questions 1) does the increase in the number of individuals who identify as mixed-race present unique challenges to the pursuit of political equality; 2) how should law respond to multiracial racial identity in a manner that enables such persons to protect themselves from domination; and 3) does the advent of multiracial racial identity necessitate a new vision of what racial equality means?

Keywords:   Multiracials, Mixed-race, Biracial, Discrimination, Racism, Law, Equality, Racial identity, race

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