Public Interraciality: Navigating Racially Homogeneous Social Spaces

Amy C. Steinbugler

in Beyond Loving

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199743551
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979370 | DOI:
Public Interraciality: Navigating Racially Homogeneous Social Spaces

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This chapter begins to examine the practice of racework by considering a type of racework used by interracial couples in many public places—navigating racial homogeneity. It distinguishes between the racial segregation of neighborhoods, which is the result of almost a century of discriminatory housing and lending practices imposed by White-controlled institutions, and the racial separation of particular social spaces, which stems from some Blacks’ preference for all-Black environments as a response to Whites’ exclusion and as settings where people find safety and community. Although racial residential segregation affects innumerable communities in the United States, it is particularly onerous for interracial partners and families because of the strain of frequently being the only person of one’s race in a social setting. This strain creates race fatigue among both Blacks and Whites.

Keywords: racework; racial segregation; navigating racial homogeneity; racial separation; race fatigue

Chapter.  12636 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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