How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups assert, embrace, reject, and negotiate different racial categories and identities.
Michael Omi is a professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and the co-author (along with Howard Winant) of Racial Formation in the United States (3rd edition, 2015), a groundbreaking work that transformed how we understand the social and historical forces that give race its changing meaning over time and place.
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