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Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism Paperback – August 5, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816651051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816651054
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FireNextTime on February 12, 2012
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Sexton does not say what most want to hear. He's more interested in the truth, or at least the truth as he defines it. By outlining the complicated history of multiracial movements and critiquing their underlying logic, he finds something that should be no surprise to any scholar with enough strength to face one of America's inconvenient truths; that Blacks in this country have served as a symbol against which nearly all movements have defined themselves against, using negative constructions and interpretations of Black America to strengthen their calls for inclusion and representation. Sexton is controversial, but this is to be confused with sloppy scholarship. He is intentionally controversial in order to shake up the reader's conceptions of multiracial analysis as inherently radical. His work is a necessary corrective to an academic community that has quickly and unconditionally embraced this so called "multiracial moment" that it risks ignoring and obfuscating the figurative and literal darkness that birth this nation's conceptions of race.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Momo on April 19, 2012
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The fantasy that as long as people of different races are screwing, race relations must be great has been exposed for exactly what it is, a fantasy. The lazy thinker's argument that if we were all one color there would be no racism holds no water here. This book shows how that idea is weird and naive at best, and vile and perverse at worst. This book is NOT as some would suggest a slam against multiracial people and any suggestion it is, is EXTREMELY disingenuous or simply a misreading. (Think the author is himself btw) This is for anyone ready to have a real grown-up conversation about the more disturbing aspects of the multiracial movement, especially the right wing conservative voices within it. A refutation of the wacky ideas in the youtube sensation "I'm bi-racial not black damn it!" Sexton knocks it out of the park. Looking forward to more from him!
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By C. Villalobos on October 5, 2014
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This an amazing and insightful book. Sexton does not write to make people feel better about a racist world. Instead this book offers critical analysis of the pedagogic work that the multiracial movement upholds in American society and forces readers to analyze their own roles within this world.
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5 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A.D. Powell on July 30, 2011
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Since Jared Sexton has misquoted and defamed me in his book without giving the readers a source so they can read what I wrote for themselves, I suggest that you read my work for yourself and see how Sexton has lied about both me and the multiracial movement:

"Passing" for Who You Really Are: Essays in Support of Multiracial Whiteness A response to Sexton's attacks on A.D. Powell
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8 of 37 people found the following review helpful By James A. Landrith Jr. on July 30, 2011
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This is another book that I find to be generally hostile to multiracial individuals and a fairly transparent hate screed by an individual who embraces the racist one-drop rule. He seems at times to reject the concept of race while simultaneously promoting it - so long as only one identity is allowed for those of black and white ancestry - adherence to the racist one-drop rule. In multiple sections he tell outright lies or makes ridiculous assumptions about people I know and respect on all sides of the multiracial movement - even if I don't always agree with said people. Sometimes critics are so over the top or ridiculous they should be ignored, while on other occasions they need to be reminded that bigoted lies will not go unanswered and the air will be cleared of their venom. How this bigot is allowed to teach is beyond me.

Quite telling - I have yet to see it in a book store. You can read The Multiracial Activist and other multiracial publications he trashes online 24/7. We (multiracial publications and websites) get millions of hits annually while this book would be lucky to have sold 5,000 copies in the years since it has been published. :)
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