Mixed-race Matters: the Growing Multiracial Population and its Implications for Libraries

Posted in Articles, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Social Work, Teaching Resources, United States on 2019-09-04 21:53Z by Steven

Mixed-race Matters: the Growing Multiracial Population and its Implications for Libraries

PIPEline: Addressing the intersections between Power, Identity, Privilege, and Equity within our library work
University of Michigan Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Marna Clowney-Robinson, Access & Information Services Librarian

Karen Downing, Education Librarian

Darlene Nichols, Social Work Librarian

Helen Look, Collection Analyst

The expression of social and cultural identities matter to people in a myriad of ways—seeing one’s self-reflected on campuses, in schools and communities matters (Gaetano, 2015; Laffer, 2017; P., Mindy, 2019). This fact is important to libraries of all types as we think about library collections, services and staff. We know from research and from phenomena all around us that when people see themselves positively reflected in film, books, social media, news, music, theater, that those cultural memory institutions grow in their perceived relevance and significance to their communities (Downing, 2009; Tillson, 2011).

Take as an example, Marley Dias’ #1000blackgirlbooks movement. Marley was only ten years old when she launched her movement to donate books to girls of African descent that featured African American female protagonists because not one of her required school readings featured Black girls as main characters (Grassroots Community Foundation, 2019). The We Need More Diverse Books movement has raised awareness and in recent years the number of published diverse books has increased substantially. 28% of the children’s books published in 2018 had main characters who were Asian American, Black, Latinx, and American Indian/First Nation yet only 50% of the children’s books about African Americans are written by people of that background (Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2019). The numbers for mixed race identities in children’s books are not tracked but they are presumably an even smaller percentage…

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Multiracial America: A Resource Guide on the History and Literature of Interracial Issues

Posted in Anthologies, Books, Family/Parenting, Gay & Lesbian, History, Identity Development/Psychology, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Media Archive, Politics/Public Policy, Social Science, Teaching Resources, United States on 2009-11-07 22:10Z by Steven

Multiracial America: A Resource Guide on the History and Literature of Interracial Issues

The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
March 2005
264 pages
Paper ISBN: 0-8108-5199-7; ISBN-13: 978-0-8108-5199-3

Edited by

Karen Downing, Foundation and Grants Librarian
Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

Darlene Nichols, Psychology Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction
Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

Kelly Webster, Associate Librarian
Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

Multiracial America addresses a growing interest in interracial people and relationships in America. Over the past decade, there have been numerous books and articles written on interracial issues. Despite the rampant growth in publishing, locating these often-scattered and inaccessible materials remains a challenge. This resource guide provides easy access to the available literature. Topical chapters on the most often researched themes are included, such as core historical literature, books for children and young adults, hot-button issues (passing, identification, appearance, fitting in, and blood quantification), interracial dating and marriage, families, adoption, and issues pertaining to race and queer sexuality. Each chapter includes a brief discussion of the literature on the topic, including historical context and comments on the breadth and depth of the available literature, and followed by annotations of books, popular and scholarly journals, magazines, and newspaper articles, videos/films, and websites. Other useful sections include a chapter on the depiction of interracial relationships in film, teaching an interracial issues course, and how to search for materials given changing terminology and classification issues. Indexes by race and non-print media are included.

Table of contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  1. Accessing the Literature by Karen Downing
  2. Teaching an Interracial Issues Course by David Schoem
  3. Hot Button Issues by Karen Downing and Kelly Webster
  4. Core Historical Literature by Chuck Ransom
  5. The Politics of Being Interracial by Karen Downing
  6. Interracial Dating and Marriage by Alysse Jordan
  7. Interracial Families by Renoir Gaither
  8. Transracial Adoption by Darlene Nichols
  9. Books for Children and Young Adults by Darlene Nichols
  10. Multiracial Identity Development by Kelly Webster
  11. The Intersection of Race and Queer Sexuality by Joseph Diaz
  12. Representations of Interracial Relationships and Multiracial Identity on the American Screen by Helen Look and Martin Knott
  • Appendix I. Subject Heading/Descriptor Vocabularly to Assist in Searching by Karen Downing
  • Appendix II. Definitions of Terms Used in Interracial Literature by Karen Downing
  • Appendix III. Sociology 412 — Ethnic Identity and Intergroup Relations Syllabus by David Schoem
  • Appendix IV. OMB Directive 15
  • Appendix V. Resources by Race
  • Index
  • About the Contributors
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