Ginetta Candelario’s Black behind the Ears is a historical and sociological study of Dominican racial formation. For decades, scholars of race in the Americas have been befuddled by the pervasiveness of Negrophobic racist thought in a country with an African-descended majority. Rejecting narratives that tend to pathologize Dominicans for their inability to recognize their “true” identity, Candelario examines the ways Dominicans construct their own racial understandings to explore why many have sought to keep “black behind the ears.” Moreover, her transnational frame of analysis allows her to depart from most studies that have tended to focus solely on the island or the United States. The result is a stimulating book that enhances our understanding of Dominican racial formation.

Candelario argues that Dominicans have historically identified themselves as “Indo-Hispanic,” not due to self-delusion but instead to their effort to assert national sovereignty in the...

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