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Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703558

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703725.001.0001

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“Do You Eat Cats and Dogs?”

“Do You Eat Cats and Dogs?”

Student Observations of Racism in Their Everyday Lives

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(p.162) Chapter Six “Do You Eat Cats and Dogs?”
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Tacit Racism
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Anne Warfield Rawls

Waverly Duck

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226703725.003.0007

This chapter reports on observations of racism and racial framing in interaction made by college students at several universities on the east coast and in the midwest. The students represent many backgrounds and racial identities. But in the US they are all forced to identify in terms of the Black/White racial binary. Asian American students, who are identified as neither, face a constant perception that they are not American, while West Indian and African students are forced into a Black American category unfamiliar to them. This is not only a problem for minorities. White students are virtually surrounded by racism they cannot escape. It happens in their dorm rooms, in the cafeteria, classrooms, the library and walking across campus. We refer to this as “Race Pollution.” In addition to observations of Black/White racism in the US, we present observations of racism against Asians and Asian Americans that illustrate the tacit assumptions about being “foreign” that are at work. We also explore some of the complications of Latinx/Hispanic and West Indian/African identities, and consider how racism toward Latinx /Hispanic Americans, refugees, and immigrants is positioned not only against the Black/ White binary, but also against an old seventeenth-century Anglo/Spanish antagonism.

Keywords:   Race Pollution, Asian and Asian American racism, Black White binary, racism on college campuses, Latinx racism, the myth of the model minority, Spanish colonies, Mayan refugees, Black West Indian identity

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