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Racial Innocence by Tanya Katerí Hernández
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Racial Innocence by Tanya Katerí Hernández
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Aug 23, 2022 | ISBN 9780807020135

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“Lucid case studies, diligent research, and the author’s willingness to tackle controversial topics head-on distinguish this distressing examination of racism’s insidious effects.”
Publishers Weekly

“An important book that reveals the many ‘interwoven complexities’ of American racism.”

“Tanya Hernández is one of the nation’s foremost scholars regarding racial beliefs among Latin Americans, here and abroad. With nuance and care, her latest book drags into the light the explosive and critically important topic of Latino anti-Blackness.”
—Ian F. Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, University of California, Berkeley

“A critical race theory tour de force for understanding Latino anti-Black bias, from the most important Afro-Latina voice on civil rights today.”
—Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

“Dr. Hernández is a brilliant scholar who provides critical analyses of the complexities of race and anti-Black bias as it operates throughout the Americas. Her insights are essential for understanding our contemporary sociopolitical landscape.”
—Imani Perry, author of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

“Profound and revelatory, Racial Innocence tackles head-on the insidious grip of white supremacy on our communities and how we all might free ourselves from its predation. Tanya Katerí Hernández is fearless and brilliant, and her work is exactly what we need in this challenging times. And that final chapter! What fire!”
—Junot Díaz, author of This Is How You Lose Her

“The racial fantasy is over! In this wonderful yet painful book, Professor Hernández skillfully exposes Latinos’ anti-Blackness. With an impressive command of sources, data, and cases, she stitches together the thick story of racial exclusion, maltreatment, and discrimination against Blacks by people who claim to be racially mixed and ‘color-blind.’ Her book made a Black Puerto Rican man like me cry and get angry (too many memories) but also realize that airing our ‘dirty laundry’ is vital to fight this unacknowledged racism. Bravo, Professor Hernández for daring to address this taboo subject!”
—Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States

Table Of Contents

What Is Latino Anti-Blackness?

No juegues con niños de color extraño”:
Playing and Learning in “White” Latino Spaces

Working in the USA

Oye Negro, You Can’t Live Here”:
Latino Landlords in Action

Physical Violence:
The Criminal Justice System’s “Brown” versus Black Dynamic

Latinos and the Future of Racial Equality in the United States

On Being an Afro-Latina Interrogating Latino Anti-Blackness


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