Coleman has gotten a lot grief—and joy—because she has black and Indian roots. (Vincent Schilling)
Exploring the Political Exploitation of Blood Quantum in the U.S.
May 07, 2013
Arica L. Coleman is an assistant professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware. She is African American and Native American (Rappahannock), which may help explain why she has conducted research for the past 12 years on what she calls the “intersections between Native American, African American and European peoples in the southeastern United States with a focus on the etymology of race, the ideology of racial purity and its historical and contemporary effects on racial and identity formation.” In non-academic terms, that means she has done a lot of thinking about the relations and interactions of blacks, Indians and whites on the East Coast, primarily in Virginia. Coleman has turned her Ph.D. dissertation into an upcoming…
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