Mark One Or More: Civil Rights in Multiracial America

Sampul Depan
University of Michigan Press, 27 Feb 2008 - 196 halaman
Mark One or More tells the little-known story of the struggle to include a multiracial category on the U.S. census, and the profound changes it wrought in the American political landscape.

The movement to add a multiracial category to the 2000 U.S. Census provoked unprecedented debates about race. The effort made for strange bedfellows. Republicans like House Speaker Newt Gingrich and affirmative action opponent Ward Connerly took up the multiracial cause. Civil rights leaders opposed the movement on the premise that it had the potential to dilute the census count of traditional minority groups. The activists themselves—a loose confederation of organizations, many led by the white mothers of interracial children—wanted recognition. What they got was the transformation of racial politics in America.

Mark One or More is the compelling account of how this small movement sparked a big change, and a moving call to reassess the meaning of racial identity in American life.

Kim M. Williams is Associate Professor of Public Policy in Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and an expert in racial and ethnic politics and political movements.
 

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The Multiracial Census 39
Multiracial Category Legislation in the States 65
Figures
Political Commitments 85
Do You Approve or Disapprove of Marriage between
Leadership Breakdown by Race and Gender 96
Growing Racial Diversity and the Civil Rights Future
Minimum Count of Census Race Groups
Bibliography 165
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Kim M. Williams is Associate Professor of Public Policy in Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and an expert in racial and ethnic politics and political movements

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