Race by Bart Schneider
An Anthology in the First Person

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What is your race? In September 1994, The Hungry Mind Review's readers responded to this and nineteen other race-related questions in the periodical's now-renowned Race questionnaire. It was during the compilation of that particular issue that editor Bart Schneider recognized that Americans were ready for, and needed to have, a frank discussion about race.

Inspired by the momentum that September 1994 issue generated, Schneider compiled Race: An Anthology in the First Person. In a range of twenty first-person idioms, some of the finest American contemporary writers and social leaders explore the issue of race. The power of the first person voice that drives this collection is in its directness and simplicity, says Schneider: it's you talking to me, me to you. It's Reverend Cecil Williams preaching to hundreds on a Sunday morning in San Francisco's Glide Church. It's Audre Lorde speaking to a women's conference in Connecticut. It's John Edgar Wideman talking in letter, and in spirit, to his son in prison. Listening closely to the human voice can keep us human.

Race continues what the questionnaire started by delivering direct and honest accounts of how race can impact an individual's life and alter the course of his of her future. To approach with passionate personal testimony a territory as fraught with suffering and shame, guilt and indifference, rhetoric and amnesia,  is to stake a claim, explains Schneider. It is to demand a place in which we can talk to each other about who we are and what we hope America might one day become. Race will open your eyes, expand your mind, and may finally be a way for us to get the conversation going.
 

About Bart Schneider

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Bart Schneider is the author of the novels "Blue Bossa," a finalist for the" Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and "Secret Love," a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year. He was the founding editor of the "Hungry Mind Review" (later "Ruminator Review") and now edits "Speakeasy" magazine. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 21, 1997 by Three Rivers Press. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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but he never dwells on a single case too long to bore one, and he mixes and matches his examples and points enough to keep a reader wondering just what more will Ford reveal of judicial and legal nuances, such as the difference between formal discrimination, discriminatory intent, and mere discri...

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People carrying flowers Monday for a makeshift memorial point to the spot on Centennial Center Boulevard where a Nissan 350Z came to rest after a deadly crash early Sunday.

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