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Race Policy and Multiracial Americans$
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Kathleen Odell Korgen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316459

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316459.001.0001

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Multiracial identity and monoracial conflict: toward a new social justice framework

Multiracial identity and monoracial conflict: toward a new social justice framework

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Race Policy and Multiracial Americans

Andrew Jolivette

Policy Press

This chapter describes how, as multiracial subjects increase their participation in monoracial or non-ethnic specific organizations, they can a) transform advocacy groups founded on traditional understandings of identity-based organizing and b) radically alter, disrupt, and destroy notions of ethnic and racial authenticity as fundamental qualifications for participation in social movements. Through examining the merits of multi-issue organizing and the participation of multiracial people in four San Francisco Bay Area social justice organizations (Data Center for Research Justice, the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture/Speak Out, the Native American Health Center’s Circle of Healing Program, and the African American Art and Cultural Complex), this chapter shows how multiracial people are transgressing social, economic, cultural, and political boundaries to produce meaningful social reforms in the areas of health, education, labor, and LGBTQ rights. It concludes with a social justice framework for advocacy groups that will allow for the full civic engagement of people of multiracial people in the U.S and, in the process, make these organizations more effective.

Keywords:   identity based organizing, ethnic authenticity, racial authenticity, multi issue organizing, social justice framework, advocacy groups

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