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Linda Martín Alcoff

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195137345.001.0001

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Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Black‐White Binary

Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Black‐White Binary

(p.247) 11 Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Black‐White Binary
Visible Identities

Linda Martín Alcoff

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that even if we try to build coalition around what might seem to be our most obvious common concern — reducing racism — the black-white paradigm that dominates racial discourse in the United States inhibits our comprehension of the variety of racisms and racial identities and thus proves more of an obstacle to coalition building than an aid. It uses the situation of Latinos and Asian Americans to explore the black-white binary, what it is, how it operates, and how it is limiting. It then discusses the black-white paradigm.

Keywords:   racism, black-white paradigm, racial identity, coalition building

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