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Colorblindness, Anti-Racism, and Education: Lessons from Mexico



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On March 25, 2014, the UNM Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies Graduate Student Association (LLSS GSA), Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII), and Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) hosted Dr. Christina A. Sue, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dr. Christina A. Sue is Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Sue's research focuses on immigration and comparative race/ethnicity (specifically identity formation, multiracialism, intermarriage, race, relations, and racial ideology), with a focus on the United States and Latin America. In this talk, Sue will discuss findings from her recent book, Land of the Cosmic Race: Race Mixture, Racism, and Blackness in Mexico, to inform the current debate over colorblindness. Colorblindness, which emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, has become the dominant racial ideology in the United States. Supporters view colorblind ideology and related practices as an important antidote to race-conscious data gathering, affirmative action, and racial identity politics, which they perceive as fueling racism. However, opponents argue that the race-evasiveness of colorblindness is detrimental and has led to the further entrenchment of racism. As this debate continues to rage in the United States, little attention is being paid to its neighbor to the south - Mexico - which has adopted and institutionalized practices of colorblindness for nearly a century. The lack of attention to the Mexican case is unfortunate since the United States could learn a great deal from Mexico's long-standing social experiment with colorblindness.


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Colorblindness, Anti-Racism, and Education: Lessons from Mexico