Philosophy Talk | 187: Bi-Racial Identities

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187: Bi-Racial Identities

by Philosophy Talk

How does racial identity work?
Genre: Spoken Word: Educational
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1. 187: Bi-Racial Identities (feat. Michele Elam)
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Many people identify strongly with the ethnic or racial group to which they belong – as Jews, or African-Americans, or Latinos. But to which groups does a person truly belong? President Obama has a white mother from Kansas and an African father from Kenya. Why is he seen as our first African-American President, rather than our forty-fourth white president? How does racial identity work? Is such identification a positive or a negative factor in a person's life? Must we choose among our potential identities? Ken and John discuss racial and bi-racial identity with Michele Elam from Stanford University, author of Mixed Race in the New Millennium (forthcoming from Stanford University Press in 2009) and Race, Work, and Desire in American Literature, 1860-1930.



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