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Race and the Obama PhenomenonThe Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union$
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G. Reginald Daniel and Hettie V. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460216

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.001.0001

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By Casta, Color Wheel, and Computer Graphics

By Casta, Color Wheel, and Computer Graphics

Visual Representations of Racially Mixed People

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(p.41) 2. By Casta, Color Wheel, and Computer Graphics
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Race and the Obama Phenomenon
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Greg Carter

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.003.0002

Today, visual representations of racially mixed people reflect a general level of acceptance greater than past periods in US history. Marketing and casting executives use ambiguous-appearing bodies to reach more segments of the public, and to evoke positive notions about diversity. These images seem to praise ambiguity and the disruptive potential of mixed race. However, some reflect a long-standing obsession with percentages of racial make-up, offering a rich field for analysis. From the eighteenth century to the present, through different media, visual representations of racially mixed people in the Americas have continued a tradition of organizing bodies into stable racial hierarchies.

Keywords:   Race, Mixed race, Multiraciality, Casta, Visual Representations, Barack Obama

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