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100 1 Tehranian, John.
245 10 Whitewashed :|bAmerica's invisible Middle Eastern minority
264 1 New York :|bNew York University Press,|c
264 4 |c©2009
300 ix, 246 pages ;|c24 cm.
490 1 Critical America.
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-226) and
505 0 Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Price of the ticket -- 1:
Constructing caucasians: a brief history of whiteness -- 2
: Performing whiteness: law, dramaturgy, and the paradox
of Middle Eastern racial classification -- 3: From
friendly foreigner to enemy race: selective racialization,
covering, and the negotiation of Middle Eastern American
identity -- 4: Last minstrel show? Middle Easterners in
media -- 5: Threat level orange: the war on terrorism and
the assault on Middle Eastern civil rights -- 6: Lifting
the veil: thinking about reform -- Conclusion -- Notes --
Index -- About the author.
520 From the Publisher: Middle Easterners: Sometimes White,
Sometimes Not-an article by John Tehranian. The Middle
Eastern question lies at the heart of the most pressing
issues of our time: the war in Iraq and on terrorism, the
growing tension between preservation of our national
security and protection of our civil rights, and the
debate over immigration, assimilation, and our national
identity. Yet paradoxically, little attention is focused
on our domestic Middle Eastern population and its place in
American society. Unlike many other racial minorities in
our country, Middle Eastern Americans have faced rising,
rather than diminishing, degrees of discrimination over
time; a fact highlighted by recent targeted immigration
policies, racial profiling, a war on terrorism with a
decided racialist bent, and growing rates of job
discrimination and hate crime. Oddly enough, however,
Middle Eastern Americans are not even considered a
minority in official government data. Instead, they are
deemed white by law. In Whitewashed, John Tehranian
combines his own personal experiences as an Iranian
American with an expert's analysis of current events,
legal trends, and critical theory to analyze this bizarre
Catch-22 of Middle Eastern racial classification. He
explains how American constructions of Middle Eastern
racial identity have changed over the last two centuries,
paying particular attention to the shift in perceptions of
the Middle Easterner from friendly foreigner to enemy
alien, a trend accelerated by the tragic events of
September 11. Focusing on the contemporary immigration
debate, the war on terrorism, media portrayals of Middle
Easterners, and the processes of creating racial stereo-
types, Tehranian argues that, despite its many successes,
the modern civil rights movement has not done enough to
protect the liberties of Middle Eastern Americans. By
following how concepts of whiteness have transformed over
time, Whitewashed forces readers to rethink and question
some of their most deeply held assumptions about race in
650 0 Arab Americans|xSocial conditions.
650 0 Iranian Americans|xSocial conditions.
650 0 Turkish Americans|xSocial conditions.
650 0 Arab Americans|xLegal status, laws, etc.
650 0 Iranian Americans|xLegal status, laws, etc.
650 0 Turkish Americans|xLegal status, laws, etc.
650 0 Whites|xRace identity|zUnited States.
650 0 Racism|zUnited States.
650 0 Race discrimination|zUnited States.
651 0 United States|xRace relations.
830 0 Critical America.
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