The Racism of People Who Love You: Essays on Mixed Race Belonging

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Beacon Press
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5.6 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
Samira K. Mehta is an associate professor of women and gender studies and of Jewish studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections religion, culture, and gender, including the politics of family life and reproduction in the United States. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Blended Family in America, was a National Jewish book award finalist. Mehta's current academic book project, God Bless the Pill: Sexuality and Contraception in Tri-Faith America is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press. Connect with her online at and on Twitter @samirakmehta.
"Thoughtful meditations on identity."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Samira Mehta interweaves laugh-out-loud personal vignettes with piercing reflections on life as a biracial person. Drawing also on her multireligious upbringing, she conveys moments of joy and pain in ways that let us all in on the experience. The Racism of People Who Love You is relatable for all kinds of readers, with especially important insights for all of us who have people of mixed racial and religious backgrounds in our families and social circles."
--Khyati Y. Joshi, author of White Christian Privilege

"Samira Mehta's The Racism of People Who Love You has the qualities of my favorite writing: insightful, provocative, and revealing. Her unique story provides a window into the common yet underrepresented experience of mixed belonging, and she displays the unique ability to share these stories in ways that welcome the reader to see the world afresh."
--Simran Jeet Singh, author of The Light We Give

"Moving fluidly between personal storytelling and theoretical analysis, Samira Mehta offers an unblinking examination of the complexities, dangers, and possibilities of being of mixed heritage--not only in America writ large but also within one's own family. At once intellectually rigorous, personally invested, and uncommonly well-written, The Racism of People Who Love You is an essential read for anyone interested in negotiating difference, confronting injustice, and extending compassion to those who both love and hurt you."
--Lynn Casteel Harper, author of On Vanishing

"Samira Mehta's searching essays have prompted me to think about love and race in deeper, more nuanced, more intimate ways. As a white person in a multiracial family, I know all too well how tempting it is to buy into the myth that love is enough. Samira insists instead that love is just the beginning."
--Briallen Hopper, author of Hard to Love

"We are finally, thankfully, seeing more books that delve into the personal experience of race. Mehta's work is an important addition to our ongoing discussions about race in America."
--Kavita Das, author of Craft and Conscience

"The Racism of People Who Love You is by turns gripping, challenging, funny, and compassionate, effortlessly entwining personal experience with global, religious, and literary histories. Samira Mehta is an important new voice grappling with the complexity of American identities."
--Peter Manseau, author of One Nation Under Gods