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populations in this country. The politics of busing in the early 1970s provides an excellent example that illustrates
this phenomenon.Social scientistsstudying “race relations”concluded that contactamong “Black” and “White”
students would improve “race relations” and the educational conditions of “Black” students if they were bused to
“White” (better) schools outside their neighborhoods.10 Thirty years later, many parents and educators adamantly
denounce the busing solution (a solution based on the discourse of “race”) asnot onlyfundamentally problematic to
the fabric of African American and Chicano communities, but an erroneous social policy experiment that failed to
substantially improve the overall academic performance of students in these communities. Given this legacy, it is
not surprising to find that the theories, practices, and policies that have informed social science analysis of
racialized populations today are overwhelmingly rooted in a politics of identity , an approach that is founded on
parochial notions of “race” and representation which ignore...
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