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192 Suggested Readings From the Editors: Issues and Comments Do you agree with the authors in this part of the book that the white race did not exist until it was invented? Surely there were people who look like the Anglo-Americans of today, but were they conscious of themselves as a group or race? If so, who did the inventing , and why? What components went into the new invention? Is race-any race-an act of arrogance, or is it possible to be humble, quietly proud, neutral, or even negative about one's own race? Is it antidemocratic to identify oneself as a white, as Kathleen Cleaver insists -and, if so, is it not equally antidemocratic to call oneself black or Jewish? Is it possible to identify oneself as a member of a certain race (white or anything else) without believing in physical (genetic) difference? And, if scientists conclusively showed that the genetic difference between your race and some other one were negligible, would you give up your identification as ... white, black, or whatever you are? Suppose that global environmental conditions change so that it is a major disadvantage to be white. Whites are now sickly, die earlier than other people, and contract certain dread diseases more frequently than members of other racial groups. Would everyone want to be nonwhite, and conceal their white genealogy? Suggested Readings Acuna, Rodolpho, OCCUPIED AMERICA: A HISTORY OF CHICANOS. 3d ed. (Harper & Row, 1988). THE BIRTH OF WHITENESS: RACE AND THE EMERGENCE OF UNITED STATES CINEMA (Daniel Bernardi, ed., Rutgers University Press, 1996). Dudziak Mary, Desegregation as a Cold War Imperative, 41 STAN. L. REV. 61 (1988). Fields, Barbara, Slavery, Race, and Ideology in the United States of America, 181 NEW LEFT REV. 95 (1990). Gossett, Thomas, RACE: THE HISTORY OF AN IDEA IN NORTH AMERICA (1963). Haney Lopez, Ian F., WHITE BY LAW (New York University Press, 1995). THE INVENTION OF ETHNICITY (W. Sollers, ed., 1989). "RACE," WRITING, AND DIFFERENCE (H. Gates, ed., 1985). Roediger, David, TOWARDS THE ABOLITION OF WHITENESS: ESSAYS ON RACE, POLITICS AND WORKING CLASS HISTORY (Verso, 1994). Williams, Robert A., Jr., THE AMERICAN INDIAN IN WESTERN LEGAL THOUGHT: THE DISCOURSES OF CONQUEST (Oxford, 1990). Williams, Robert A., Jr., Jefferson, the Norman Yoke, and American Indian Lands, 29 ARIZ. L. REV. 165 (1987). Young, Robert, WHITE MYTHOLOGIES: WRITING HISTO,RY AND THE WEST (1990). Copyrighted Material ...


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