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29 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 161 (2006-2007)
Multiracialism and Reparations: The Intersection of the Multiracial Category and Reparations Movements

handle is hein.journals/tjeflr29 and id is 165 raw text is: MULTIRACIALISM AND REPARATIONS:
THE INTERSECTION OF THE MULTIRACIAL
CATEGORY AND REPARATIONS
MOVEMENTS
Angelique M. Davis*
INTRODUCTION
Current reparations discourse raises not only the age old
question of who is black? but also the political and legal
complexities of making this determination in light of the recent
Multiracial Category Movement (MCM). This movement seeks
to create a separate multiracial classification on all private and
public data collection forms. This essay argues that while the
MCM's goals are not optimal for the Reparations Movement, it
is becoming a formidable political force that must be considered
by the Reparations Movement. This can be accomplished by
using the concept of political blackness' to unify the legal and
political goals of those with black ancestry who desire redress for
slavery and Jim Crow. 2
Angelique M. Davis is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Political Science
Department at Seattle University. Special thanks to Margaret Chon for her
feedback on my research and her leadership of the Seattle University Center
for the Study of Justice in Society's Reparations Seminar. I would also like to
thank Roy L. Brooks for his feedback on my research at the Taking
Reparations Seriously Conference. Finally, I would like to thank my research
assistants Candice Allen, Darcel Desjardins, and Boyoon Choi for their
assistance on this project.
1. This concept is a variation of the concept of political blackness that was
later changed to political race by Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, which
transcends racial lines to coalesce social justice movements. See LANI GUINIER
& GERALD TORRES, THE MINER'S CANARY: ENLISTING RACE, RESISTING
POWER, TRANSFORMING DEMOCRACY 13-14 (2002) (explaining the decision to
abandon the concept of political blackness in favor of political race due to
inquiries about the scope of political blackness and the discovery that many
black Americans were offended by opening up the category black to all races
because it negated the reality of their experience as black as well as their
cultural community).
2. Throughout this article, a reference to multiracial individuals is to those
black-other mixed individuals who define themselves as multiracial. The

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