In this updated 20th anniversary edition of the landmark book, "Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity," journalist Lise Funderburg explores the lives of 46 adult children of black/white unions. The author's thoughtful essays frame first-person narratives on such topics as Family, Prejudice, Love and Romance, Work, Religion, Identity Politics, Citizenship, and Community. These voices of unflinching honesty, whipsmart humor, extraordinary insight and deep feeling comprise a stunning — and enduring — portrait of race in America.
This anniversary edition retains the original material from the 1994 edition— from a time that seems not so long ago, but was before Barack Obama had stepped onto the national stage; before the U.S. Census implemented its "Check All That Apply" option; and during a period in which national discussions of race centered on Rodney King, O.J. Simpson, and the U.S. Government's official apology to those Japanese-Americans imprisoned during World War II.
This eBook edition includes enhanced photos of its 46 interview subjects, a new foreword by novelist Mat Johnson (Pym, Hunting in Harlem, Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery), and links to updated commentary from the book's original participants.
Here's what reviewers say about Black, White, Other:
“[Black, White, Other] is an example of how we can talk about race with feeling, humor, and dignity.” – Kyoko Mori, The New York Times
“No book is more likely to force a reader to confront his beliefs about race than this one.” – The Buffalo News
“Funderburg lets her subjects ask–and answer–the controversial, touchy questions that many wonder but few dare to pose.” – Indianapolis Star
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Published October 4, 2013
by Lise Funderburg.
Political & Social Sciences, History.