July 18, 2009
Patricia J. Williams
Author of The Alchemy of Race and Rights and a columnist for The Nation.
As Obama addresses the 100th convention of the NAACP on Thursday, I would recommend reading The Souls of Black of Folk, written by W.E.B. Du Bois, the founder of the association. It is as fresh and contemporary and enduring a classic as anything written about race in America. He is the person who said that the problem of the 20th century would be that of the color line. His analysis has been prescient. Not just for blacks and whites but for the entire rainbow demographic of assimilated populations that have made up the American polity since.
10:47 pm, Jul 15, 2009
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