Representing the Race is about the paradoxical nature of the demand that was continually made of these lawyers. Both blacks and whites demanded that they be representative of their race – resemble them and act like them – but at the same time that they be unlike their race, able to speak to the white community and navigate institutions of power. It's a demand that is still made of prominent African Americans as different from one another as Clarence Thomas and Barack Obama.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Mack on "Representing the Race"
An interview of Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law, about his recently published book, Representing the Race, appears on "The Browser." In it, Professor Mack explains: