David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
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Hypatia 10 (1):120 - 132 (1995)
The American folk concept of race assumes the factual existence of races. However, biological science does not furnish empirical support for this assumption. Public policy derived from nineteenth century slave-owning patriarchy is the only foundation of the "one-drop rule" for black and white racial inheritance. In principle, Americans who are both black and white have a right to identify themselves racially. In fact, recent demographic changes and multiracial academic scholarship support this right.
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