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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 Housing and Public Accommodations Discrimination

Multiracial Housing and Public Accommodations Discrimination

(p.54) 4 Multiracial Housing and Public Accommodations Discrimination
Multiracials and Civil Rights

Tanya Katerí Hernández

NYU Press

Distinctive from the context of workplace discrimination where multiracial complainants articulate their own legal complaints, the housing context is characterized by an absence of such direct complaints. The issue of multiraciality in housing discrimination is instead raised by partners in interracial marriages with multiracial children. Yet, like in the employment context discussed in Chapter 2, the content of the complaints are focused on the hostility with non-whiteness and blackness in particular (as all but one case encompassed non-black racial groups). One paradigmatic case (of the several discussed in the chapter) is of a white mother’s challenge to a 2003 eviction in Ohio based upon the landlord’s expressed prejudice against her two biracial sons of white and black ancestry. The landlord expressed concern that “two black boys” lived with the complainant and stated “I don’t want your money, I want your. … niggers out of my house.” While the mother may have described her sons’ personal racial identities as biracial, the discrimination she described was rooted in societal anti-black bias.

Keywords:   Housing discrimination, Public accommodations discrimination, Multiracials, Mixed-race, Biracial, Discrimination, Racism, Law, Equality, Racial identity

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