By Naomi Zack
This fascinating multidisciplinary assortment brings jointly twenty-two unique essays by means of students at the leading edge of racial conception, who handle either the yank notion of race and the explicit difficulties skilled by way of those that don't healthy well into the bins society calls for them to examine.
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When I make one of my infrequent forays back to Livingston Manor, the increasingly sad and seedy upstate-New York town I grew up in, I can never stop myself from remembering the story as I pick my way down Main Street's cracked sidewalk past the grass concealing the lost blue room of dreams. Now the grass has been decreed a park by the town's "fathers" and "mothers," an Earthly Paradise in the town's center stretching to the banks of the Willowemoc River. But, really, it is a jumbled collage of emptied beer cans, Thunderbird bottles, used condoms, alley cats, candy wrappers, and urine stains.
In "Ethnic Transgressions: Confessions of an Assimilated Jew," she considers the possibilities for claiming mixed or hybridized and multiple racial and ethnic identities and also explores the political value of socially transgressive racial and ethnic performances and classifications. I contribute the final article in this collection, after the advantage of having considered the foregoing pieces for some time now. But I cannot claim an editor's vantage point for "Life After Race," because I doubt that many of the writers here would agree with me.
Much of that work is by younger researchers and scholars who are mixed race and who grew up after the egalitarian principles of the Civil Rights Movement became part of public consciousness. I think that despite backlash, and limited group interests, social justice in the area of race is now a fundamental given in American conscience. That broad sense of social justice had to become entrenched before a new generation could move to the next stage in the American racial story, the stage of questioning the parameters of race itself.