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A Place for God’s Children

A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, Jessica Henderson-Daniel and Dawn L. Cannon

in Diversity in Human Interactions

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195143904
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848171 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143904.003.0007
A Place for God’s Children

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In 1988, sociology scholar Dr. Jewelle Taylor Gibbs was quoted as saying that, by the middle of the twenty-first century, “current racial categories in America will become almost meaningless.” In describing one of the many dilemmas faced by parents of biracial children, Gibbs remarked that these children are sometimes brought up with “unrealistic attitudes” about who and what they are. She reminded us at that time, prior to the 2000 census, that there was “no place on the census for God's children.” In the context of a society where differences are often emphasized and always weighed, one against the other, multiracial people are currently viewed as another “minority” by many, in spite of the strong possibility that a majority of U.S. inhabitants are biracial or multiracial. For those who see themselves as a monoracial minority, the struggle for self-determination, self-definition, and self-acceptance may include (among other struggles) breaking away from prevailing stereotypes, reversing negative self-concepts regarding physical characteristics that are different from the majority, overcoming institutional racism, and bigotry in interpersonal relationships.

Keywords: institutional racism; biracial children; minority; Jewelle Taylor Gibbs; self-determination; stereotypes; racism; interpersonal relationships

Chapter.  4666 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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