By Angela Onwuachi-Willig
This landmark booklet appears to be like at what it potential to be a multiracial couple within the usa this present day. According to Our Hearts starts with a glance again at a 1925 case within which a two-month marriage ends with a guy suing his spouse for misrepresentation of her race, and indicates how our society has but to return to phrases with interracial marriage. Angela Onwuachi-Willig examines the difficulty through drawing from various resources, together with her personal studies. She argues that housing legislations, family members legislations, and employment legislation fail, in very important methods, to guard multiracial undefined. In a society within which marriage is used to offer, withhold, and remove status—in the office and elsewhere—she says interracial are at a drawback, that is basically exacerbated through present legislations.
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In so doing, this chapter explores how being part of a collective may shape racial identity and, in fact, may affect or should affect legal analysis in certain antidiscrimination cases. Then, after highlighting broad theoretical deficiencies in doctrines designed to address discrimination but that actually hinder interracial interaction in our society, it ponders one very modest, potential change that may work to better capture the identities of multiracial people and their families and that may more easily reach the harms that are currently disregarded and unacknowledged by the law: the addition of the term interraciality as a protected category in current antidiscrimination law statutes.
These women really saw me through the end of this project, and I could not have finished the book without them. Their encouragement (and “pomming”) kept me going in the final months. I also am thankful to Dean Paula Smith of Grinnell College and Grinnell College Librarian Richard Fyffe for providing me with a space on campus to work on this book and for all other assistance with this project. Many others provided assistance for which I am thankful. I especially thank Marna Montgomery, Sheryl Bissen, and Retta Kelly for their help.
According to Our Hearts. Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family by Angela Onwuachi-Willig