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By Ronald Fernandez

ISBN-10: 0472116096

ISBN-13: 9780472116096

“This publication is either strong and critical. robust for the testimony it offers from american citizens of many alternative (and even combined races) approximately their reports. and significant simply because there's a racial revolution underway that might upend race as we all know it in the course of the twenty-first century.”—John Kenneth White, Catholic college of AmericaAmerica past Black and White is a decision for a brand new approach of imagining race in the United States. For the 1st time in U.S. background, the black-white dichotomy that has traditionally outlined race and ethnicity is being challenged, no longer through a small minority, yet by means of the fastest-growing and arguably such a lot vocal section of the more and more assorted American population—Mexicans, chinese language, eastern, Koreans, Indians, Arabs, and lots of more—who are breaking down and recreating the very definitions of race.Drawing on interviews with 1000s of usa citizens who don’t healthy traditional black/white different types, the writer invitations us to empathize with those “doubles” and to appreciate why they might characterize our greatest probability to throw off the strictures of the black/white dichotomy.The revolution is already underway, as beginners and mixed-race “fusions” refuse to have interaction within the winning Anglo- Protestant tradition. american citizens face offerings: comprehend why those members imagine as they do, or face a destiny that maintains to outline us by way of what divides us instead of via what unites us.

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Like they do for the weather, people stoically accept the beliefs they receive rather than learn that nothing is set in stone, even the white/black dichotomy. Sociology teaches that all social constructs can be challenged or even demolished. But to do that in an effective manner we must appreciate the origins of the racial beliefs created by white people and, astonishingly enough, still passionately embraced by black people. ”3 In Plain Black and White The journalist George Washington Cable saw her on an Alabama train in September 1884.

Some still live in southern Africa, where their yellowish skins and “almost oriental” features mock the notion of a one-color continent. Egyptians, Moroccans, and Algerians defy racial stereotypes as well, and 250 miles to the southeast of Africa is the island of Madagascar, home to a signi‹cant number of people from Borneo. 16 Race is a very expensive illusion. It nourishes and sustains the false assumption of homogeneity, masking ignorance—witness Africa— about the world that is actually there.

Despite super‹cial differences, humans are remarkably similar. “All humans are identical for fully 75% of the human genome. ”15 In a world devoted to the truth, we might regard our physical differences as magni‹cent expressions of an underlying, indissoluble unity. Instead, we perpetuate the poisonous white/black dichotomy. In the United States, whites and blacks alike often learn to see Africa as full of black people. Sometimes they are savages; sometimes they are civilized, but, whatever their statuses, Africans are black.

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