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By Benjamin H. Bailey

Utilizing ethnography and discourse research of peer interplay, Bailey exhibits how Dominican american citizens negotiate and remodel racial constitution at a Rhode Island highschool. The Dominican American scholars examine themselves as ''Spanish'' or ''Hispanic,'' identities which are at odds with the racial phrases, ''Black'' or ''African American,'' within which they're noticeable via others. This linguistic building of ethnic/racial identities resists Black/White racialization and undermines dominant different types of race and ethnicity. This neighborhood transformation of ethnic/racial different types by means of Dominican americans recommend the broader results of post-1965 immigration on usa ethnic/racial different types.

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Zentella 1997: 85). Maria had attended four different schools in the preceding three years, a Catholic junior high school, an alternative tutoring program for students at risk of dropping out of school, an English-language school in the Dominican Republic for one-month, and Central High School. She reported that she was supposed to attend the flagship Providence 42 Language, Race, and Negotiation of Identity college-preparatory public high school, but that she didn’t want the pressure and stress that caused students from there to drop out.

Unlike the case of the hypothetical Polish immigrant, for whom there is one unambiguous proximal host, there are several potential proximal hosts for Dominicans. Readily apparent American co-ethnics for Dominican immigrants include Dominican Americans, Hispanics, and African Americans. None of these categories is uniformly used by the immigrants themselves, the dominant society, and proximal hosts, however. For the dominant society, for example, “Dominican” is not a salient or widely recognized social/ethnic category.

The Providence leader of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) repeatedly called for Central High School to be closed down. A 1997 front-page feature article on Central High School in the Providence daily newspaper began with the following despairing characterization9: If there is anything more bleak than the environment outside Central High School--ubiquitous obscenity-laced graffiti, crumbling concrete steps, young people bunking class, 36 Language, Race, and Negotiation of Identity smoking cigarettes--it is within the walls of the state’s poorestperforming high school.

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