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White by Law : The Legal Construction of Race

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ISBN13:

9780814736944

ISBN10:
0814736947
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/31/2006
Publisher(s):
New York Univ Pr
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Summary

Whiteness pays. As White by Law shows, immigrants recognized the value of whiteness and sometimes petitioned the courts to be recognized as white. Haney López argues for the centrality of law in constructing race.--Voice Literary Supplement"White by Law's thoughtful analysis of the prerequisite cases offers support for the fundamental critical race theory tenet that race is a social construct reinforced by law. Haney López has blazed a trail for those exploring the legal and social constructions of race in the United States."--Berkeley Women's Law JournalLily white. White knights. The white dove of peace. White lie, white list, white magic. Our language and our culture are suffused, often subconsciously, with positive images of whiteness. Whiteness is so inextricably linked with the status quo that few whites, when asked, even identify themselves as such. And yet when asked what they would have to be paid to live as a black person, whites give figures running into the millions of dollars per year, suggesting just how valuable whiteness is in American society.Exploring the social, and specifically legal origins, of white racial identity, Ian F. Haney Lopez here examines cases in America's past that have been instrumental in forming contemporary conceptions of race, law, and whiteness. In 1790, Congress limited naturalization to white persons. This racial prerequisite for citizenship remained in force for over a century and a half, enduring until 1952. In a series of important cases, including two heard by the United States Supreme Court, judges around the country decided and defined who was white enough to become American.White by Law traces the reasoning employed by the courts in their efforts to justify the whiteness of some and the non- whiteness of others. Did light skin make a Japanese person white? Were Syrians white because they hailed geographically from the birthplace of Christ? Haney Lopez reveals the criteria that were used, often arbitrarily, to determine whiteness, and thus citizenship: skin color, facial features, national origin, language, culture, ancestry, scientific opinion, and, most importantly, popular opinion.Having defined the social and legal origins of whiteness, White by Law turns its attention to white identity today and concludes by calling upon whites to acknowledge and renounce their privileged racial identity.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Updated Edition xiii
Acknowledgments xix
A Note on Whiteness xxi
1. White Lines
2. Racial Restrictions in the Law of Citizenship 27(8)
3. The Prerequisite Cases 35(21)
4. Ozawa and Thind 56(22)
5. The Legal Construction of Race 78(31)
6. White Race-Consciousness 109(30)
7. The Value to Whites of Whiteness 139(4)
8. Colorblind White Dominance 143(20)
Appendix A. The Racial Prerequisite Cases 163(6)
Appendix B. Excerpts from Selected Prerequisite Cases 169(14)
Notes 183(38)
Bibliography 221(20)
Table of Legal Authorities 241(4)
Index 245(18)
About the Author 263


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