Race Policy and Multiracial Americans

Race Policy coverRace Policy and Multiracial Americans, edited by sociologist Kathleen Odell Korgen, in available at Policy Press (University of Bristol, UK) and at the University of Chicago Press.

This is the first book to offer a closer look at the effects of multiracial citizens on race-related policies. As the number of people who identify as multiracial is growing rapidly, policies that relate to race continue to lag behind, failing to properly account for the ways that a multiracial citizenry complicates programs aimed at mitigating the effects of racism, ameliorating past discrimination, and more. The book takes up key questions relating to the intersection of race-based policies, social welfare, education, and multiracial citizens, while drawing on tools and techniques from a range of fields to present a picture of where we’re at today and what possible steps are needed to create more effective and more inclusive policies in the future. It will be essential reading for students and scholars in sociology, political science, public policy, and other fields dealing with race relations and social justice.

Latinos and Multiracial America is my contribution to this critically important and increasingly relevant conversation. In her introduction, Kathleen Korgen says:

Raúl Quiñones-Rosado vividly describes the rich multiracial history of Latinos in the US in Chapter Three. He argues that Latinos now confront policies designed to re-racialize many into the White racial category. [He] demonstrates how this policy encourages the assimilation of many Latinos while deepening the socio-economic disadvantages of Latinos deemed “non-White” and compromising the cohesion of the Latino community in the US.