"Lucid case studies, diligent research, and the author's willingness to tackle controversial topics head-on distinguish this distressing examination of racism's insidious effects."
"An important book that reveals the many 'interwoven complexities' of American racism."
"Hernández has not only written a much-needed book for judges and attorneys; she has also written a book for readers like me... Hernández has written a book where people like me feel like whole human beings rather than bifurcated versions of ourselves.
–Yalidy Matos, The American Prospect
"A critical race theory tour de force for understanding Latino anti-Black bias, from the most important Afro-Latina voice on civil rights today."
–Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
"Profound and revelatory, Racial Innocence
tackles head-on the insidious grip of white supremacy on our communities and how we all might free ourselves from its predation. Tanya Katerí Hernández is fearless and brilliant, and her work is exactly what we need in this challenging times. And that final chapter! What fire!"
–Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
"Dr. Hernández is a brilliant scholar who provides critical analyses of the complexities of race and anti-Black bias as it operates throughout the Americas. Her insights are essential for understanding our contemporary sociopolitical landscape."
–Imani Perry, author of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
"Tanya Hernández is one of the nation's foremost scholars regarding racial beliefs among Latin Americans, here and abroad. With nuance and care, her latest book drags into the light the explosive and critically important topic of Latino anti-Blackness."
–Ian F. Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, University of California, Berkeley
"The racial fantasy is over! In this wonderful yet painful book, Professor Hernández skillfully exposes Latinos' anti-Blackness. With an impressive command of sources, data, and cases, she stitches together the thick story of racial exclusion, maltreatment, and discrimination against Blacks by people who claim to be racially mixed and 'color-blind.' Her book made a Black Puerto Rican man like me cry and get angry (too many memories) but also realize that airing our 'dirty laundry' is vital to fight this unacknowledged racism. Bravo, Professor Hernández for daring to address this taboo subject!"
–Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States