Multiracial Politics

Obama
This week the New York Times ran a much-circulated piece on how Americans of mixed race confront issues of race today. And much has been made of presidential candidate Barack Obama’s mixed-race background. In the Atlantic Monthly, Andrew Sullivan argued that the very image of a President Obama is "the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology." The Dallas Morning News reports that he is a symbol of acceptance for some interracial couples and the Baltimore Sun describes young multiracial students who see Obama as reflections of themselves.
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Those interested in exploring these issues further should consider revisiting Jane Lazarre’s classic text Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons. A moving account of life in a biracial family, this book is a powerful
meditation on motherhood and racism in America, the story of an
education into the realities of African American culture.

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