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Mutt like me: Barack Obama and the mixed race experience in historical perspective

Zebulon Vance Miletsky

in Obama and the Biracial Factor

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9781447301011
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447301011.003.0008
Mutt like me: Barack Obama and the mixed race experience in historical perspective

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This essay traces the contested meanings throughout history of terminology for multiracial people and the role that this historical legacy of “naming” plays into how President Obama is read as African American, but still asserts a strategic biracial identity through the use of language, symbols, and interactions with the media.

Keywords: Media; mulatto; etymology; ascription; strategic blackness; multigenerational; identity construction; multiracial movement; authenticity

Chapter.  10182 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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