Rachel Dolezal, head of Spokane NAACP and the appearance of mixed race

The racial identity of Rachel Dolezal, one of the most prominent faces in Spokane’s black community, is under question; birth certificate shows she’s white.

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The appearance of being of mixed race.



Barbie Fashionista dolls – 3 shades of brown skin and 5 shades of white

eight skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 hairstyles, 23 hair colors and 18 eye colors.

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It’s a start.


I’m still looking for ‘the natural’ – natural African hair.


The Invention of Hispanics – Latino USA

Before 1970, the US Census Bureau classified Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants as whites. Each community of Latin American origin would go by their nationality and by the region where they lived in the United States. But all that changed in the seventies, as activists began lobbying the US Census Bureau to create a broad, national category that included all these communities. The result was the creation of the term “Hispanic”, first introduced in the US Census in 1970.


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Source: latinousa.org

The Microhistory of Racial Identity and Racial Passing in the U.S. and Mexico in the Early Twentieth Century

The U.S.’s obsession with racial purity
, which reached its apogee in various “one drop” laws in the early 20th century, came about at the same time that Mexico was increasingly viewing itself as a mestizo nation composed of peoples of mixed racial descent. The juxtaposition of two such apparently different racial regimes across a mutual border is, I would argue, no accident. As Ellis’s life demonstrates, both nations were going through profound experiences of reconstruction in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and they came to define themselves in large part against one another. At the same time, ironically, both nations used peoples of African descent as the “other” who set the limits of national belonging, albeit in quite different ways. If in the U.S. African Americans were subjected to segregation and second-class citizenship, in Mexico, Afro-Mexicanos were erased altogether through a process that defined mestizaje (mixing) as occurring solely between Europeans and Indians. I thus make no claims in my study as to whether one nation was more racist or tolerant than the other, for it seems to me that each posed their own unique problems for peoples of African descent.


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Halle Berry’s Baby and the Resurgence of the Tragic Mulatto

The furor caused by Berry’s assertion that her daughter is black reminds us how confused Americans remain about race.

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Americans Must Stare Directly at Race, Not Look Beyond It

Race remains an issue in America, yet many try to ignore it in hopes of achieving a post-racial society. Instead, we need to combat racism by addressing race directly.

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Welcome to The Race Card Project! – The Race Card Project

What you see here are candid submissions from people who have engaged in a little exercise. Here’s how it works. Think about the word Race. How would you distill your thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence that only has six words?

That’s right. Your thoughts. One sentence. Six words.

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The Invisible Line Between Black and White

Vanderbilt professor Daniel Sharfstein discusses the history of the imprecise definition of race in America

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