Book: 'Race & Mixed-Race' -- by Naomi Zack
- Race and Mixed Race (Book)
---- written by Naomi Zack
A philosopher [who is] of Mixed-Race [Lineage]
contemplates "racial" 'identity' in America
In the first philosophical-challenge to accepted "racial"
`classifications' in the United States, Naomi Zack
uses philosophical-methods to criticize their logic.
Tracing social and historical problems related to racial identity, she
discusses why "race" is a matter of such importance in America and
examines the treatment of Mixed-Race in law, society, and literature.
Zack argues that [the mono-racial] designations [used on
demographic and other forms and `categorizations' in the
United States ] are themselves `racist' because the concept
of "race" does not have an adequate scientific foundation.
The "One Drop Rule", originally `a rationalization
for slavery', persists [in the United States] today
even though there have never been "pure" races and
most [of the people who have been falsely labeled
as being] American "blacks" color [actually have a
continual-lineage which includes a profound amount
average 45%-55% -- of non-Black ancestry]
Exploring the existential problems of mixed race identity, she points
out how the [split-race] `system' [still being enforced in the United
States] generates a "special" racial-alienation for many Americans
"Race and Mixed Race is a very thought-provoking
essay on an extremely important topic
Laurence Thomas, Syracuse University
"Analyzing conceptions and descriptions of race,
[Naomi] Zack offers an intriguing exploration of
the possibilities of Mixed-Race identity in society."
"Attacking such common racial notions as the
idea that' Black' plus [non-`Black] always
results in "black",' Zack deftly shows the
flimsiness of our thinking about" race".
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Preface and Acknowledgments
Part I: The Existential Analysis
1. Introduction: Summary, Method, and Structure
2. The Ordinary Concept of Race
3. White Family Identity
4. Black Family Identity
5. Demography and the Identification of the Family
6. Mixed-Race Family Identity
Part II: The History of Mixed Race
7. Introduction to the History of Mixed Race
8. The Law on Black and White
10. The Harlem Renaissance
11. Genocidal Images of Mixed Race
12. Mulattoes in Fiction
Part III: The Philosophy of Anti-Race
14. Nobility versus Good Faith
15. Black, White, and Gray: Words, Words, Words
Notes / Select Bibliography / Index
About the Author:
Naomi Zack works as a Professor of
Philosophy at the University of Oregon .
Naomi's analyses are informed by her
own experience as a person of Mixed-Race
('Black', 'Amerindian' and `White') lineage.