This Book Review uses Angela Onwuachi-Willig's Book, According to Our Hearts, Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family as an opportunity to explore the multiracial family's role in American society. The discussion unpacks the discussion of "interracially" explored in her book by precisely outlining the various discrimination modalities covered by her discussion of interraciality-based discrimination. The review reveals that Onwuachi-Willig explores six different types of discrimination, some of which require engagement with cutting-edge disputes in antidiscrimination theory and law. The Review teases out these various discrimination constructs and asks in a more deliberate fashion how they are related to one another and whether the injuries they cause merit redress by anti discrimination law. The review next turns to the question of the socio-cultural role played by the interracial family, in particular it's historical role in socializing members to embrace white or near-white identities. The Review explores whether anti discrimination law has any vested interest in protecting these families from race discrimination, despite their assimilationist tendencies and further, explains how these families will play a critical role in helping to address contemporary race discrimination.
Civil Rights and Discrimination | Family Law | Human Rights Law | Law | Law and Race | Law and Society
Date of this Version
Camille Gear Rich, "Making the Modern Family: Interracial Intimacy and the Social Production of Whiteness" (November 2014). University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series. Working Paper 136.