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Race Policy and Multiracial Americans$
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Kathleen Odell Korgen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316459

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316459.001.0001

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Multiracial Americans and racial discrimination

Multiracial Americans and racial discrimination

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(p.81) Five Multiracial Americans and racial discrimination
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Race Policy and Multiracial Americans
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Tina Fernandes Botts

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316459.003.0006

This chapter provides an overview of the historical engagement between multiracial people and the law. In doing so, it identifies and examines factors contributing to the failure of current antidiscrimination laws to protect multiracial Americans from racial discrimination. It argues in favor of a distinctive group identity for multiracial Americans, with particular emphasis placed on the need for a distinctive group identity within the framework of antidiscrimination law. It also suggests an additional modification to antidiscrimination law (i.e., the utilization of sociohistorical race) in order to better protect multiracial Americans from racial discrimination.

Keywords:   multiracial people, the law, racial discrimination, antidiscrimination Law, sociohistorical race

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