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Claudia Rankine's book "Citizen" is pretty devastating on these issues. Made me ill. If anyone truly believes race is not vexing to its core, read this book. The closest friends can't get through it.

And for once a book of poetry and prose poems makes a significant impact on the American psyche.

by Upstate NY on Tue Jun 16th, 2015 at 11:52:14 PM EST
Added to wish list, though I'm always cynical of Americans who examine "the experience of race and racism in Western society".

Unless today's definition of "the West™" is "the USA", which it may be.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 17th, 2015 at 08:16:19 AM EST
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I was unaware that it was being pitched as anything but American. That being said, there is a big section on Zinedine Zidane and France. Half the book is not very new or revealing, but it trods common ground. The discouraging part of the book enters the personal realm, the anecdotal, racial lines in families and friendships.

Since my children attend an inner city public school in America that is 45% black, 30% white, 15% Latino, and the rest immigrant (Somali, SE Asia), I find that no matter the attempts of parents to integrate, our segregated societies reinforce difference and make integration a long slog. Kids have close friendships, even romantic relationships, but over the years we have noticed the self-reinforcing segregation, ingrained in the soft power of society. And it breaks down in unusual ways. When liberals come to the defense of blacks, they get push back from some surprising voices here. The line between patronizing and sympathizing is a fine one.

by Upstate NY on Wed Jun 17th, 2015 at 09:34:33 AM EST
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That's quoted from the description on Amazon.co.uk for the Kindle version.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 17th, 2015 at 10:34:22 AM EST
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