Ethnic Identity: A Dilemma for Second-Generation Black Immigrants

Port-au-Prince (photo by Doron Feldman) / New York City

How does a teenager in New York City whose parents came from Haiti understand her ethnic identity? Does she identify as a black American? As Haitian? As Haitian-American?

In her article Ethnic and Racial Identities of Second-Generation Black Immigrants in New York City, Mary Waters, M. E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, examines how race and class interact to define the identities of second generation West Indian and Haitian Americans in New York City.

You can find a complete list of Prof. Waters's works in DASH here.