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"Passing" for Who You Really Are: Essays in Support of Multiracial Whiteness Paperback – May 1, 2005
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She reminds you of H.L. Menken, driving intellectual midgets into frenzies of outrage, a spectacle that entertains her fans. -- Frank W. Sweet, author of the series _Paths Not Taken_
Should be required reading for "blacks," academicians, "white" liberals and especially Latinos. -- William Javier Nelson, author of _The Racial Definition Handbook_
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Powell aims her barbs at liberals of all complexions who preach the one-drop rule. She is the nemesis of those who advocate the uniquely American notion that there is no such thing as a White person with African ancestry-that such a person is, at best, a "light-skinned Black." Powell believes that the one-drop rule ignores science, crushes tolerance, and mocks the American Dream. And yet it is preached by liberals, and its enforcement is demanded by most Black leaders. She argues that coercing someones ethnic choice is tyranny.
This collection of essays on multiracialism originally appeared in _Interracial Voice_ magazine.
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Top Customer Reviews
A.D. Powell stands up for the racial self-identification of your choice, even it that means self-identifying as white. She tends toward the right to identify by the way you look without using contradictory oxymorons, such as "light skinned black", as some still tend to do. I am a white-identified person, simply because I appear that way, my genetics are majority European, and I have been raised that way.
Everyone has the right to freedom of choice. Everyone has the right to freedom of speech, and opinion, hopefully in, at least, an intelligent way. I think Ms. Powell's book accomplishes this. Some would find her accounts and comparisons harsh, but I believe that in telling the truth we sometimes have to be harsh.Read more ›
I am a multiracial person, and very aware of Miss Powell's views, because I have read her opinions on multiracial websites and message boards for years. I have spoken with other multiracial people about her, and we do respect her passion and sympathize with her, but her flaw is she's too un-objective.
Some of her comments are too myopic, being based on her own, and some people's personal experience with some African Americans. She is wrong to say most or all African Americans are pro-hypodescendent, because she has no current statistics to prove this.
There are African Americans as she speaks of, like the activist and politicians against the multiracial option, but that's not the whole population. For example, Rep. John Lewis helped activist Susan Graham legalize the multiracial category in Georgia. Also, plenty African Americans are part of the Multiracial Movement.
I admit that I found this book difficult relating to. On the one hand, Powell is (of course) right that “race” is an artificial concept, and that the very definitions of “White” and “Black” have changed over time in the United States. The “one drop rule” didn't become law in the South until the early 20th century. This explains seeming anomalies, such as the existence of “Black” slave-owners in the antebellum South (they were Mulattoes, and at the time Mulattoes were not considered Black) or the existence of “White” slaves (since slavery was inherited on the maternal side, and many slaves had White fathers, even very light-skinned Mulattoes could be slaves).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is more than 10 years old now and I think Powell is probably still fuming at our refusal to see the truth about humanity. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bic Parker
The review from Dane Carthage has an error. He says: "For example, Rep. John Lewis helped activist Susan Graham legalize the multiracial category in Georgia. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Susan G.
I wish the book was part of the required reading in every high school civil rights lesson plan and every college's sociology class and mixed race studies class. A.D. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Glenn Robinson