Note From Vikki Bynum, Renegade South Moderator: After discovering the blog Mixed Race Studies, I asked its moderator, Steven F. Riley, to submit a guest post telling Renegade South readers more about it. His post follows:
Mixed Race Studies (http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordpress/) is a non-commercial website that provides a gateway to contemporary interdisciplinary (sociology, psychology, history, law, etc.) English language scholarship about the relevant issues surrounding the topic of multiracialism.
The goals of the site are to:
* Provide visitors with links to books, articles, dissertations, multimedia and any other resources to enabled them to further their (and my) knowledge on the topic.
* Remind visitors that so-called “racial mixing” has been occurring in the Americas for over five centuries and in fact, all of the founding nations of the Americans were mixed-race societies at their inception.
* Ultimately support a vision of the irrelevance of race.
I created the site in April 2009 in recognition of our family members and friends who are ‘mixed-race’ and/or raising ‘mixed-race’ children, in response the growing number self-identifying ‘mixed-race’ living here in the Washington, DC area, and finally in celebration of my interracial marriage to my loving wife of 15 years.
In supporting the vision of the irrelevance of race, I’ve been forced to ask myself the following questions.
* Is the ideal of no racial distinction a possibility?
* Does mixed race identity continue the racial hierarchy/paradigm or does it change it?
* Will the acknowledgement and study of multiraciality help or hinder a goal of a post-racial future?
* Will the sheer volume of mixed race people provoke change?
* …But if everybody has been mixed already and our racial paradigm hasn’t changed in the last 400 years, what do we make of the changes in these last 40 years?
* And what changes can we expect in the next 40?
If you are interested in discovering more, please visit http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordpress/ .
Steven F. Riley