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Covert Racism In The U.S. And Globally

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Race, so frequently and reductively biologized, is more comprehensively and accurately analyzed as a form of narration. The narrative bounds of race pick a line among competing civic legacies: between due process and its deprivation; between integration and its opposite; between negative stereotype and assumptions of human dignity. This chapter talks about three narrative models of race that frame much of contemporary discourse: first, the concept of neo-interracialism, second, the biologizing of blackness, and, finally, race as economic choice. It discusses some of the limitations of each, and suggest how each offers opportunities for coalition in a diasporic, globalized world that is evolving toward a society that looks different from the demographic that shaped the civil rights movement of the last century. The extensive history of actual miscegenation was still a great big public secret, unacknowledged, hidden within the dual dungeons of rape and/or passing..

Keywords:human dignity; neo-interracialism; race



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