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By Naomi Zack

This interesting multidisciplinary assortment brings jointly twenty-two unique essays by means of students at the innovative of racial conception, who deal with either the yankee idea of race and the categorical difficulties skilled through those that don't healthy smartly into the packing containers society calls for them to envision.

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It taught me that there are many different ways of coming at the world, and that I could take all the entangled flora and fauna of my heart and transform it into a daily celebration, into poetry. In the Silver Covenant Chain that was forged between the Haudenosaunee and the Europeans, the Indian pointed out that the white man travels on the Creator's waters in his boats and the Indian travels on those same sacred waters in his boats. But someday there might be people who try to keep one foot in the white man's boat and one foot in the Indian's boat, one foot, in other words, inside two different ways of journeying through life.

But, also in the long run, the trouble will have been a necessary catharsis toward the ultimate racial harmony that can result only from a complete dissolution of the American concept of race as a social construction rooted in colonialization, exploitation, and slavery. The reality of mixed race needs to be written and talked out before the illusion of race itself can be dispelled. And that is why I have assembled the collection that follows. I'll now try to explain the intellectual origins of this anthology and where it fits into the general framework of the emerging multidisciplinary field of racial theory.

At one extreme is the one-drop rule of hypodescent (whereby children inherit the race of lower status given mixed-race ancestry) in the mainland United States, while, ironically, the other extreme can be seen in the self-consciously pluralistic multiracial society of the state of Hawaii. Davis discusses how several Latin American cultures allow racial categories to be negotiated, depending on other marks of status, and how even a society as historically repressive towards blacks as South Africa, recognizes the existence of mixed black and white individuals.

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