Mixed Black and White Race and Public Policy

Hypatia 10 (1):120 - 132 (1995)
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Abstract

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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Naomi Zack
Lehman College (CUNY)

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[Book Review] Race and Mixed Race. [REVIEW]Zack Naomi - 1995 - In Anthony Appiah & Henry Louis Gates (eds.), Identities. University of Chicago Press. pp. 1--4.
Race and the Modern Philosophy Course.Michael Burke - 1993 - Teaching Philosophy 16 (1):21-34.

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