Rethinking race and the Nation of Islam, 1930-1975

  title={Rethinking race and the Nation of Islam, 1930-1975},
  author={Algernon Austin},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  pages={52 - 69}
Many scholars are wedded to a conception of race based on the existence of objective differences in physical appearance. Physical appearance, however, is only one mechanism for marking racial boundaries. To the extent that scholars rely on a physical-appearance conception of race, they risk missing or misunderstanding racial phenomena. I illustrate this point with the case of the Nation of Islam. Scholars have defined the organization as Pan-African when, in fact, the organization asserted a… Expand
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