Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Pg. 99: Tanya Katerí Hernández's "Racial Subordination in Latin America"

Today's feature at the Page 99 Test: Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law, and the New Civil Rights Response by Tanya Katerí Hernández.

About the book, from the publisher:
There are approximately 150 million people of African descent in Latin America yet Afro-descendants have been consistently marginalized as undesirable elements of the society. Latin America has nevertheless long prided itself on its absence of U.S.-styled state-mandated Jim Crow racial segregation laws. This book disrupts the traditional narrative of Latin America's legally benign racial past by comprehensively examining the existence of customary laws of racial regulation and the historic complicity of Latin American states in erecting and sustaining racial hierarchies. Tanya Katerí Hernández is the first author to consider the salience of the customary law of race regulation for the contemporary development of racial equality laws across the region. Therefore, the book has a particular relevance for the contemporary U.S. racial context in which Jim Crow laws have long been abolished and a "post-racial" rhetoric undermines the commitment to racial equality laws and policies amidst a backdrop of continued inequality.
Read an excerpt from Racial Subordination in Latin America, and learn more about the book at the Cambridge University Press website.

Tanya Katerí Hernández is Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law.

The Page 99 Test: Racial Subordination in Latin America.

--Marshal Zeringue