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Author Gómez, Laura E., 1964- author.

Title Inventing Latinos : a new story of American racism / Laura E. Gómez.

Publication Info. New York : The New Press, 2020.
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 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  305.868073 GOM    AVAILABLE
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Description 255 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents We are here because you were there -- Idealized Mestizaje and anti-Black and anti-Indian racism -- The elusive quest for Whiteness -- To count, we must be counted.
Summary "In an unprecedented demographic shift, Latinos will comprise a third of the American population in just a matter of decades. While their influence shapes everything from electoral politics to popular culture, many Americans still struggle with two basic questions: Who are Latinos, and where do they fit in America's racial order? Laura E. Gómez, a leading expert on race in America, argues that it is only recently that Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Central Americans, and others are seeing themselves (and are being seen by others) under the banner of a cohesive racial identity. And the catalyst for this emergent identity, she argues, has been the ferocity of anti-Latino racism. In a bold effort to reframe our often-confused discussions over the Latinx generation, Gómez argues that everything from Trump's toxic rhetoric and anti-immigrant laws like Arizona's SB1070 to DACA and sanctuary cities have indelibly changed the way race functions in this country. Part history, part guide for the future, Inventing Latinos argues that all Americans must grapple with Latinos' dynamic identity--an identity that is impacting everything we think we know about race in America"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Hispanic Americans -- Race identity.
Hispanic Americans -- Government policy.
Hispanic Americans -- Social conditions.
Latin America -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
Racism -- United States -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
Added Title New story of American racism
ISBN 9781595589170 (hardcover)
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