America’s ‘Postracial’ Fantasy

Anna Holmes draws on her experience growing up biracial in America to discuss self-identification and other people’s perceptions.  For a fictionalized take on the subject, read Mat Johnson‘s Loving Day.   How do you identify people you see?  Try PBS’ “Sorting People by Race” exercise.

One Comment on “America’s ‘Postracial’ Fantasy

  1. I enjoyed these American reads imbued with the issues of shades of skin color, race and family, how that plays out in society, including the issue of passing. Written in the 90’s and read years ago, I wonder if they contrast with current thinking and ways of expression:

    Caucasia. 1998. Coming of age novel for twin girls in an apparently biracial family. er

    The Sweeter the Juice. Shirlee Taylor Haizlip. 1994. A non-fictional account by a prominent Washington DC woman sets out to support her mother by searching for her sister, lost to her for many years.

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