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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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Multiracial Discrimination in Education

Multiracial Discrimination in Education

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Multiracials and Civil Rights

Tanya Katerí Hernández

NYU Press

Because the educational context was the site where the movement for multiracial identity recognition was launched, one might expect the school environment to have the clearest articulation of the contours of multiracial discrimination. Yet like all the civil rights areas discussed in the previous chapters, the multiracial complainants of racial discrimination in school settings raise concerns about being treated differently to white students based upon their non-white status rather than their mixed-race status. One paradigmatic case (of the several I will discuss in the chapter) is of a biracial high school student in La Plata, Missouri alleging in 2005 that she was not afforded the same educational opportunities as white students, was disciplined in a discriminatory fashion, and was racially harassed by white students. In short, the educational context is yet another civil rights area where self-identified multiracial complainants give voice to the continued relevance of a white/non-white racial binary of discrimination rather than the development of a unique mixed-race form of discrimination.

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

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