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  • rosanna_armendariz
    I m glad to see that there are an increasing number of people writing from the perspective that race is a social construct. Hopefully the idea will catch on
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 5, 2010
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      I'm glad to see that there are an increasing number of people writing from the perspective that race is a social construct. Hopefully the idea will catch on one of these days! Right now, sadly, America is still entrenched in the whole Black vs. White thing.



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      When White is Black

      --- written by John A. Martin Jr





      Book Description

      This memoir describes the social aspects of a young boy
      and his family growing up in an America where the shade
      of your skin can determine your fate and where the
      racist One-Drop Rule has far-reaching ramifications.

      John Martin's interest in American race relations is
      so deeply embedded in his family heritage, that he
      finds it impossible to identify its beginnings.

      He believes that race as a social construct became
      an unavoidable fact of life at the point of conception
      for most African-Americans of his generation.

      [H]e considers himself fortunate to be a small part of
      the continuing movement ... which transcends race.

      John Martin fervently hopes that When White is Black,
      his first published book, will offer some help in our
      ongoing quest to understand and move beyond the
      many onerous repercussions of race in America.



      REVIEWS

      "An early morning phone call announcing his mother's accidental
      death and the coroner's inquiry regarding her race set Martin
      pondering the complicated Mixed-Race heritage of his family.
      His mother, who appeared White, was Mixed,
      with White, Black, and Seminole Indian blood.
      Martin explores the tortured complexities of how the
      Mixture of White and Black was historically recorded and
      determined and eventually evolved into the One-Drop Rule.
      He recalls a great-grandfather so fair he lived as a White man ...
      Martin's mother was light enough to "pass" for White;
      instead, she navigated a balance between demanding
      respect and accepting any advantages that came
      with fair skin but also eventually became an alcoholic.
      Martin's recollection of his family history is a poignant example
      of the complexity and effect of racial designations in America."
      Vanessa Bush © American Library Association.

      "An extraordinary story -- a richly textured genealogy
      that is also a vehicle for searing social commentary
      about two centuries of race in America.
      John Martin displays an uncanny ability to
      combine passion and restraint -- and he provides
      us with unusual insight into the lived experience of
      navigating along the nation's most volatile faultline."
      --- Troy Duster, Author of 'Whitewashing
      Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society'.

      "Looking back on his family's history, John Martin visits a
      fascinating cast of characters, some of whom he knew and
      loved, some of whom he heard about and admired, all
      of whom, whatever their lineage or skin tone, fought to
      survive in a nation where the One-drop Rule of racism
      relegated African-Americans to what U.S. Supreme
      Court Chief Justice Taney described in 1857
      as a "subordinate and inferior class of beings."
      Fully aware that echoes of Taney's
      pronouncement still reverberate in the
      twenty-first century, Martin expressively argues
      that with the demise of the One-drop Rule, his
      variously hued children and grandchildren
      have a chance to live ... in an America that
      may some day achieve the full meaning of its
      designation as "The World's First Multicultural Society.
      Martin has written a memoir that matters."
      --- Mason Drukman, Ph.D and author
      of 'Community and Purpose in America
      and Wayne Morse – A Political Biography'.

      "A deeply moving story of a Mixed-Race family's struggle
      for survival and Identity through several generations.
      They and the underlying theme of racism make this
      family story a compelling and truly American tale."
      --- Michael O'Neill, Professor of Nonprofit
      Management and Founder of the Institute
      for Nonprofit Organization Management
      at the University of San Francisco.

      "Very moving because of its painful honesty.
      He records the corrosive effects of racism and
      discrimination on realpeople in American society.
      He is courageous in revealing his own
      emotional responses to that racism and to the
      disruptions in his own life that it has caused.
      'When White is Black' represents the culmination of a long
      and important career during which (Martin) shaped the
      program of Stiles Hall at the University of California
      at Berkeley to educate generations of young men
      and women to be leaders in the fight against racism.
      His life is a true model of activism and this
      book should be an inspiration to young leaders
      as they pursue their goals of a just society."
      --- Clara Sue Kidwell, Professor and Director
      of the Native American Studies Program
      at the University of Oklahoma.




      About the Author

      John Martin Jr., was raised in Berkeley, California,
      where he later spent the bulk of his professional
      career, as the general director of a social service agency.
      His life journey has included four
      years of service in the U.S. Air Force,
      B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Francisco State
      University and the University of Omaha respectively,
      post Master's degree study at Tufts University and
      the University of California at Berkeley, and a
      wonderfully satisfying professional life working
      in anti-poverty programs, social service,
      education, and Civil Rights organizations.

      SOURCE:
      http://www.riversbendpress.com

      RELATED LINK:
      ://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/3331
    • multiracialbookclub
      When White is Black ... [When White Is Black]
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 3, 2011
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        When White is Black 
         

        --- written by John A. Martin Jr


        When White Is Black


        Book Description 

        This memoir describes the social aspects of a young boy 
        and his family growing up in an America where the shade 
        of your skin can determine your fate and where the 
        racist One-Drop Rule  has far-reaching ramifications.


        John Martin's interest in American race relations is 
        so deeply embedded in his family heritage, that he 
        finds it impossible to identify its beginnings. 

        He believes that race as a social construct became 
        an unavoidable fact of life at the point of conception 
        for most 
        African-Americans of his generation. 

        [H]e considers himself fortunate to be a small part of 
        the continuing movement ... which transcends race. 

        John Martin fervently hopes that 
        When White is Black,  
        his first published book, will offer some help in our 
        ongoing quest to understand and move beyond the 
        many onerous repercussions of race in  America .



        REVIEWS

        "An early morning phone call announcing his mother's accidental 
        death and the coroner's inquiry regarding her race set Martin 
        pondering the complicated Mixed-Race heritage of his family
        His mother, who appeared White, 
        was Mixed
        with 
        WhiteBlack, and Seminole Indian blood. 
        Martin explores the tortured complexities of how the 
        Mixture of White and Black was historically recorded and 
        determined and eventually evolved into the 
        One-Drop Rule
        He recalls a great-grandfather so fair he lived
         as a White man ... 
        Martin's mother was light enough to "pass" for White; 
        instead, she navigated a balance between demanding 
        respect and accepting any advantages that came 
        with fair skin but also eventually became an alcoholic. 
        Martin's recollection of his family history is a poignant example 
        of the complexity and effect of racial designations in  America ." 
        Vanessa Bush © American Library Association. 

        "An extraordinary story -- a richly textured genealogy 
        that is also a vehicle 
        for searing social commentary 
        about two centuries of race in  America .  

        John Martin displays an uncanny ability to 
        combine passion and restraint -- and he provides 
        us with 
        unusual insight into the lived experience of 
        navigating along the nation's most volatile faultline." 
        --- Troy Duster, Author of 'Whitewashing 
        Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society'
        . 


        "Looking back on his family's history, John Martin visits a 
        fascinating cast of characters, 
        some of whom he knew and 
        loved, some of whom he heard about and admired, 
        all 
        of whom, whatever their lineage or skin tone, 
        fought to 
        survive in a nation 
        where the One-drop Rule of racism 
        relegated 
        African-Americans to 
        what U.S. Supreme 
        Court Chief Justice Taney described in 
        1857 
        as a "subordinate and inferior class of beings."
        Fully aware that echoes of Taney's 
        pronouncement still reverberate 
        in the 
        twenty-first century, Martin expressively argues 
        that with 
        the demise of the One-drop Rule, his 
        variously hued children and grandchildren
        have a chance to live ... in an America that 
        may some day achieve the full meaning of its 
        designation as "The World's First Multicultural Society. 
        Martin has written a memoir that matters." 
        --- Mason Drukman, Ph.D and author 
        of 'Community and Purpose in America
         
        and Wayne Morse – A Political Biography'.


        "A deeply moving story of a Mixed-Race family's struggle 

        for survival and Identity through several generations. 
        They and the underlying theme of racism make this 
        family story a compelling and truly American tale." 

        --- Michael O'Neill, Professor of Nonprofit 
        Management and Founder of 
        the Institute 
        for Nonprofit Organization Management
        at the  University  of  San Francisco.
         

        "Very moving because of its painful honesty. 
        He records the corrosive effects of racism and 
        discrimination on realpeople in American society. 
        He is courageous in revealing his own 
        emotional responses to that racism and to the 
        disruptions in his own life that it has caused. 
        'When White is Black' represents the culmination of a long 
        and important career during which (Martin) shaped the 
        program of Stiles Hall at the University of California 
        at Berkeley to educate generations of young men 
        and women to be leaders in the fight against racism. 
        His life is a true model of activism and this book 
        should be an inspiration to young leaders 
        as they pursue their goals of a just society." 
        --- Clara Sue Kidwell, Professor and Director 
        of the Native American Studies 
        Program 
        at the University of Oklahoma. 




        About the Author 

        John Martin Jr., was raised in  Berkeley ,  California , 
        where he later spent the bulk of his professional 
        career, as the general director of a social service agency. 
        His life journey has included four 
        years of service in the U.S. Air Force, 
        B.A. and M.A. degrees from  San Francisco   State  
        University  and the  University  of  Omaha  respectively, 
        post Master's degree study at  Tufts   University  and 
        the  University  of  California  at  Berkeley , and a 
        wonderfully satisfying professional life working 
        in anti-poverty programs, social service, 
        education, and Civil Rights organizations.

        SOURCE: http://www.riversbendpress.com 

        RELATED LINK: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/3331 
         
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