Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoptionby Randall Kennedy
Fears of transgressive interracial relationships, informed over the centuries by ugly racial biases and
From the author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word and Race, Crime, and the Law—a tour de force about the controversial issue of personal interracial intimacy as it exists within ever-changing American social mores and within the rule of law.
Fears of transgressive interracial relationships, informed over the centuries by ugly racial biases and fantasies, still linger in American society today. This brilliant study—ranging from plantation days to the present—explores the historical, sociological, legal, and moral issues that continue to feed and complicate that fear.
In chapters filled with provocative and cleanly stated logic and enhanced by intriguing historical anecdotes, Randall Kennedy tackles such subjects as the presence of sex in racial politics and of race in sexual politics, the prominence of legal institutions in defining racial distinction and policing racial boundaries, the imagined and real pleasures that have attended interracial intimacy, and the competing arguments around interracial romance, sex, and family life throughout American history.
In Interracial Intimacies, Randall Kennedy offers nothing less than a bracing, much-needed ethic of multiracial living.
“We urgently need Kennedy, his courage and his convictions. . . . For some time [he] has been a member of that small coterie of our most lucid big thinkers about race.” —Washington Post
“[A] vibrant, wieghty examination. . . . Kennedy writes eloquently about the violence, sadness, and warped legacy of the past, but then goes looking for intimacy anyway—instances in which some mutual feeling may have arisen across the racial divide.” —Los Angles Times
“As definitive as it is defiant. . . . One of the most important books on race in recent memory.” –Columbus Dispatch
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The author lives and trains in California. Len has earned 5th Dan Black Belts in Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do and 3rd Dan Black Belt in Soo Bahk. Len has been learning martial arts since he joined his first Tae Kwon Do class after graduating college. Len began teaching martial arts just prior to earning a Cho Dan (1st degree) Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do styles almost simultaneously. Len has been using aspects of martial arts in his own life to bring order, understanding and self-awareness. Len augments his martial arts with meditation, strength-based weight training, boxing skills including the hand speed, heavy bag, heavy bag and long distance running. Meditation keeps his body-mind-spirit in-tack, allowing him to train at higher levels of performance while minimizing injuries. Len has written and published may martial arts magazine articles and books. Writing and publishing more than 20 articles related to martial arts for several martial arts magazines including the prestigious Tae Kwon Do Times, Black Belt and the Mudo Dojang. Many of Len's articles illustrate the forgotten history and evolution of Korean martial arts. For this reason, Len's books and articles are often republished in other countries because of their excellent historical content, unavailable otherwise. Len's articles also appear on many martial arts web sites around the world. Len has also published 20 books on Korean martial arts. One of Len's books for choosing the right style for children has earned the Good Housekeeping magazine's Seal of Approval. Len currently has more than 25 years of martial arts experience. Academically, Len has earned three A.A. degrees, two B.S. degree in Physics and Mathematics, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A. degree in Education. Len had worked professionally as a Teacher, Physicist, Astrophysicist, Nuclear Physicist, a Mechanical Engineer, an Aerospace Engineer and an Electrical Engineer designing spacecraft and rockets for NASA and the U.S. military space programs and has been an executive at companies in several different industries. The author was responsible for winning the funding by the Pentagon for the Air Force's Global Positioning System constellation of MEO satellites.
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Randall Kennedy is the author of Nigger and Race, Crime, and the Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his law degree from Yale. A Rhodes Scholar, he served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is a professor at Harvard Law School and lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.
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I cannot recommend reading this book more. If you are a family in any stage of adoption, an adoptee, or a relative involved in adoption, this book can give you background history and help prepare you for the societal issues to be faced when others around you are confronted with difference. Beautifully and thoughtfully written in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with lots of specific illustrative cases. Makes the case for a common human thread that transcends race using intelligence, wit and moral argument. Drives home the message that love and relationships do not have to be 'color blind' or 'see past' race, so much as embrace its realities and see them clearly without blindness. Excellent!!!
The author pulls the mirror up to our faces and makes us confront our own prejudices today and mourn our prejudices of the past. Of all the things I come away with in this book, I wholeheartedly support the author in his view that race matching in adoption is a destructive practice in all its various guises. Yes, ¿it ought to be replaced by a system under which children in need of homes may be assigned to the care of foster or adoptive parents as quickly as reasonably possible.¿ We have several couples in our neighborhood who have adopted children of other races. This is real progress. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?