By Maureen T Reddy
As a "racial insider" who stands open air permitted marital preparations, Maureen Reddy grapples towards an figuring out of "whiteness" and of racism. relocating from memoir to race thought, to literary research, to interviews with neighbors, a huge cultural context is explored and insights abound round the query of societal survival.
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Extra resources for Crossing the color line: race, parenting, and culture
The silencing of interracial couples and the invisibility of such couples except as aberrant objects of study both serve to prop up white supremacist ideology, including the desirability of racial segregation. If interracial couples in fact have few problems apart from those shared by same-race couples and those imposed from the outside, and can lead lives as happy and healthy as any other married people's, then another barrier to crossing the color line, or erasing it altogether, crumbles. Interracial marriages do indeed make some sort of political statement, whether intentionally or not, but this statement is not necessarily the one that is most popularly read into them.
Reddy RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS New Brunswick, New Jersey Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Reddy, Maureen T. Crossing the color line : race, parenting, and culture / by Maureen T. Reddy. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8135-2105-X 1. Children of interracial marriageUnited StatesCase studies. 2. Parent and childUnited States. 3. RacismUnited States. I. Title. 8dc20 94-535 CIP British Cataloging-in-Publication information available Copyright © 1994 by Maureen T.
For instance, I remember Doug and our friend Bruce (also black) taunting a nosy, racist landlord of mine who for some unfathomable reason of his own had imagined getting rid of all the black people who came to my apartment when one of my roommates moved. As the three of us walked up the outside steps, a flick of venetian blinds gave Mr. Landlord's snooping away. Doug and Bruce glanced at each other, burst out laughing, and started a singsong, "We're still here, we're still here! We're her [pointing at me] friends!