Racial Boundaries are still all too Visible


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Essay #: 073615
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Racial Boundaries are still all too Visible
This essay considers racial dualism within the category designated as black as reflected in the book Caucasia by
Senna and Adrian Piper's essay "Passing for White, Passing for Black." Piper includes this quote: “She really thought everyone would be like her some day, neither black nor white, but something inbetween. It might take decades or even centuries, but it would happen. And sooner than that, racism and the concept of race itself would become completely obsolete” (28). From the evidence in these writings it seems obvious that the belief that racial duality will become obsolete, even in centuries, is overly optimistic. Rather, it will take courageous action from generations of all...
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.....t Birdie knew even as a child that there was no point of surviving if you had to disappear” (Senna 7).
These writings make us realize that racial categories and boundaries as they exist simply make no sense. We need to find a new way to see ourselves on the basis of hybrid equality. As Piper says: “our energy would be better spent on creating structured, personalized community forums for naming, confronting, owning and resolving these feelings rather than trying to evade, deny, or suppress them.” These matters must not be “left in silence” (Piper 25).
Works Cited
Piper, Adrian. “Passing for White, Passing for Black.” 1-30. http://www.adrianpiper.com/docs/Passing.pdf. Internet.
. Caucasia. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998. Print.