Actually, a hell of a lot:
No one knows quite how the growth of the multiracial population will change the country. Optimists say the blending of the races is a step toward transcending race, to a place where America is free of bigotry, prejudice and programs like affirmative action.Because sociologists need to eat, just like the rest of us.
Pessimists say that a more powerful multiracial movement will lead to more stratification and come at the expense of the number and influence of other minority groups, particularly African-Americans.
And some sociologists say that grouping all multiracial people together glosses over differences in circumstances between someone who is, say, black and Latino, and someone who is Asian and white.
I begin to wonder how my life would have changed had this existed as an option for me in college. Would I have engendered such instant antipathy on the part of the Black Student Union in my refusal to join their tribe? Would I have found a place in the other academic fields of study, like history, sociology, English? Would I...
When the multiracial group was founded in 2002,DEAR GOD I AM OLD
Dr. Kelley said, “There was an instant audience.”And who would be the source of this provocation, more other than not? "Pure" brown people!
Such a club would not have existed a generation ago — when the question at the center of the “What Are You?” game would have been a provocation rather than an icebreaker.
Checking both races was not an easy choice, Dr. Kelley said, “as a black man, with all that means in terms of pride in that heritage as well as reasons to give back and be part of progress forward.And that in a nutshell (although it takes the Times four pages) is the problem: the existing racial hierarchy has a lot invested in the categories as they exist now.
Look for a prolonged argument over what brown means coming to a society near you, in perpetuity.