Let me disclose and say that the author was an important mentor of mine during undergrad. I think some of my friends may have even been interviewed for the book. Still, I would say this is an important contribution to ethnic studies and education even if I never met her. Dr. Renn interviews students from rural, private, public, community, and Ivy colleges. They include men and women who have Black, white, Latino, and Asian ancestries. She asks them how course work, student groups, family life, and study abroad affect their identities as multiracial persons. One of the failings of Rachel Moran's "Interracial Intimacies" was that it basically ignored couples including two different types of people of color, focusing only on white-color pairings. Dr. Renn includes interviewees from two or more groups of color. Thankfully, she never assumes that all multiracial students have some European ancestry.
I want to give a warning without opening a wound. Some people say that education undergrad and graduate degrees are easier to obtain than other degrees. Some readers feel that work in education is sometimes not that rigorous. Whelp, put that concern aside for Dr. Renn! This was hardcore academia! You are not going to just give this book to any mixed-race teen heading off to college and expect them to understand it. Dr. Renn is incredibly well-versed in high-level matters involving race and education. Many potential readers may be scared off by the rigorousness of the first chapters. Still, like many academic books, the body chapters are more user-friendly and lay readers may want to begin there or just read those.
Dr. Renn thinks exhaustively about this student group. It made me have to think about myself and my relations to the target population. I am a monoracial person and I must admit that the chapter in which multiracial students identify as monoracial was the most comforting to me. Although I understand that race is not biologically based, I do think of it as a salient, sociological category, even in the "post, post, post" 21st-Century. Therefore, it was very difficult for me to embrace the "extraracial" chapter in which multiracial students opine, "Well, I belong to two groups, so that means race doesn't exist at all." I suspect that many monoracial readers are going to find themselves supportive of some chapters and resistant to others.
Again, in this "post-identity" period, folk may not like that I have thought about the author's identity. But here it goes: most authors on multiracial people are either multiracial themselves or in interracial marriages. Oftentimes, these books include photos of the author to show examples of what mixed-race people can "look like." Dr. Renn is entirely white, as far as I know. She has bright red hair and looks more like Julianne Moore or Conan O'Brien than Mariah Carey or Keanu Reeves. Eve Sedgwick and Brian Gilley are straights who have written on gays. Susan Faludi and Natalie Moore are women who have written about men. William Loren Katz wrote about Black Indians, though he is not one himself. Sometimes, readers and critics take books more seriously if the author does not belong to the target group. Sometimes, when a person from the majority writes about people in the minority it gives that academic inquiry respectability. While many readers may not wonder about the author's identity, I did ask myself as I read this, "I wonder if her status as a non-multiracial person helps to bring attention and popularity to books on multiraciality?"
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