About This Site
Note: Please read the paper I delievered about this site at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference on April 10, 2010.
Mixed Race Studies (www.MixedRaceStudies.org) is a non-commercial website created by Steven F. Riley that provides a gateway to interdisciplinary (sociology, psychology, history, law, anthropology, etc.) English language scholarship about the relevant issues surrounding the topic of multiracialism. This site has been called by a preeminent scholar, “the most comprehensive and objective clearinghouse for scholarly publications related to critical mixed-race theory.”
The goals of the site are to:
- Provide visitors with links to books, articles, dissertations, multimedia and any other resources to enable 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 Americas were mixed-race societies at their inception.
- Ultimately support a vision of the irrelevance of race.
This is by no means an exhaustive listing of discourses on ‘mixed race’ scholarship. Some examples of the scholarship that is not available on this site are as follows:
- Non-English language resources.
- Out-of-print resources. (This includes important texts such as Everett V. Stonequist‘s The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict (1937) and other works.)
- Non-web-based resources.
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 16 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?
Readers can follow MixedRaceStudies.org on Twitter at @mixed_race.
Steven F. Riley