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Appearance, Parentage, and Paradox: The White Privilege of Bi/Multiracial Americans with White Ancestry

Appearance, Parentage, and Paradox: The White Privilege of Bi/Multiracial Americans with White... The growth of the bi/multiracial American population has inspired a corresponding surge in scholarship on this historically understudied racial group. Simultaneously, a much-needed mainstream discussion has emerged about the unearned, often invisible privileges of being white in American society. In this article, I enrich the literature in both areas by elucidating how some bi/multiracial Americans benefit from, yet also pay a price for, whiteness and white privilege through the narratives of 30 participants from a variety of racially mixed backgrounds, all of whom have white ancestry. First, I explore how some participants experience traditional white privilege through their white-appearing features. Second, I examine an almost invisible iteration of white privilege that participants acquired through their white parent, irrespective of my respondents’ skin color. Third, I illuminate the price of appearing white (and light) for bi/multiracials in ways that are similar to but also different from monoracism. This article analyzes the paradoxical manifestation of white privilege in a growing cohort of Americans: bi/multiracials with white ancestry. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SAGE

Appearance, Parentage, and Paradox: The White Privilege of Bi/Multiracial Americans with White Ancestry

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity , Volume OnlineFirst: 1 – Jan 1, 2022

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SAGE
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© American Sociological Association 2022
ISSN
2332-6492
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2332-6506
DOI
10.1177/23326492221106439
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Abstract

The growth of the bi/multiracial American population has inspired a corresponding surge in scholarship on this historically understudied racial group. Simultaneously, a much-needed mainstream discussion has emerged about the unearned, often invisible privileges of being white in American society. In this article, I enrich the literature in both areas by elucidating how some bi/multiracial Americans benefit from, yet also pay a price for, whiteness and white privilege through the narratives of 30 participants from a variety of racially mixed backgrounds, all of whom have white ancestry. First, I explore how some participants experience traditional white privilege through their white-appearing features. Second, I examine an almost invisible iteration of white privilege that participants acquired through their white parent, irrespective of my respondents’ skin color. Third, I illuminate the price of appearing white (and light) for bi/multiracials in ways that are similar to but also different from monoracism. This article analyzes the paradoxical manifestation of white privilege in a growing cohort of Americans: bi/multiracials with white ancestry.

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Sociology of Race and EthnicitySAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2022

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