Intersecting with issues of race mixing
, a third modality of racialisation can be distinguished that focused on the trope of whiteness.
For blacks 'race mixing
' evokes memories of trauma and terror, memories of the systematic raping of enslaved (and free) black women by white men.
More worryingly, the book confirms the continuation of racist thinking about race mixing
and sexual liaisons between black and white.
While race mixing
engendered fear in the French Caribbean, metis women of the Upper Great Lakes region enjoyed prominence in trade relations, family networks, and political alliances, as Bethany Fleming shows.
Jaffary opens the third section, "Race Mixing
," with an exploration of the differences between patterns of Spanish and indigenous sexual activity and kinship structures suggested by applications for dispensations from marriage impediments in the Archdiocese of Mexico City during the third quarter of the eighteenth century.
"For blacks, a reluctance to marry across racial lines is historically due in part to white discrimination and a sense of racial pride and identity," suggests Renee Romano, author of Race Mixing
: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America and associate professor of history and African American studies at Wesleyan University.
As we made our way to Little Rock, it seemed that our troops' animosity was directed not so much at the blacks seeking school desegregation, but toward the federal government's efforts at 'race mixing
: In light of Governor Faubus's recent actions toward federal authority, it was not implausible that he intended to use the National Guard forcefully to remove the US Army troops from Central High.
That there were never laws preventing intermarriages between groups of people of color implies that the principle of preventing "race mixing
" across the board was never the issue; the only concern was "white purity."
As suggested by the title of Joel Williamson's New People: Miscegenation and Mulattoes in the United States, many consider mixed race individuals to be "new people," though the reality of race mixing
is hardly novel, and literary portrayals of mixed race have often highlighted these individuals' distance from their origins and, consequently, their quest for them.
He said: "This week the sick storyline in Fair City is openly promoting race mixing
Despite that 1954 resolution on desegregation, for instance, Greensboro's best men said race mixing
in the schools would only rile the Klan; thus, the city was one of the last to integrate its schools, in 1971.
* I wish to respectfully disagree with some of Michael Lind's comments in his review of Randall Kennedy's Interracial Intimacies and my book Race Mixing
["Far From Heaven," June 16].