Tracing the Racial and Ethnic Socialization of Caribbean American Youth
Chapter Seven: The (Re-)Making of a Black American: Findings, Implications, and Recommendations
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The (Re-)Making of a Black American: Findings, Implications, and Recommendations
Countless studies have documented the insidiousness of U.S. racism. Racism in the United States has been cited as one of the most significant factors affecting the physical and mental health of Blacks, their chances for upward mobility through education and enterprise, and their overall quality of life. Although some question the extent to which racism is still relevant, as seen in media debates that took place during the early stages of President Barack Obama’s presidency, the aftermath of his first election and re-election tell a very different story. Racism in the United States is alive, well, and thriving.
For some time, scholars have sought to define and theorize racism, highlight its pernicious effects across different stages of the life cycle and in different contexts, and call for a more just society. Still others focus on ways to mitigate the influences of racism. Al-though Black immigrants stand at a confounding yet provocative intersection of all of this, that group has not been made a priority in research agendas surrounding race.
The experiences of Black immigrants have great potential to inform what we know about the nature and impact of U.S. racism. Several insightful studies document the correlation between Black women’s birth abroad (in the Caribbean or Africa) and rates of producing babies of low birth weight. These studies have found that when controlling for risk factors, Black women...
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