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historical triumph over the racism of old. Those who have looked to America as a place of freedom and
opportunity can see the rise of the idea of a mixed-race America where interraciality is becoming something to
regard as a national strength. (Nash, 1999, p. 183) (Yet Nash submits a telling caveat: ‘few argue that universal
intermarriage is needed to bring us together’.)15 This is not a novel ideology of progress, of course, as the
historical example of Vasconcelos indicates. In fact, before him in the early nineteenth-century US, there
were small bands of radical ‘amalgamationists’ who agitated for the abolition of slavery while proposing
universal intermixture as the gateway to ‘biracial democracy’ (Nash, 1999, pp. 84–89). Nearly a century
later, a number of prominent scholars associated with the Chicago School of Sociology, including the
work of its founder, Robert Park, and Vasconcelos himself (who was in residence for several years), insisted
that racism would exist so long as supposedly visible...
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