Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America

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Not since Scout relayed her innocent, yet stark, fictional awakening to racial injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird has the influence of race on the world of children been painted with such delicate clarity as in this collection. Including the perspectives of women of color, white women, and those caught in between, Under Her Skin traces themes related to double lives, fear, envy, lineage, and family, broadening our understanding of the often-painful subject of racial difference. Essays include the reflections of ...
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Overview


Not since Scout relayed her innocent, yet stark, fictional awakening to racial injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird has the influence of race on the world of children been painted with such delicate clarity as in this collection. Including the perspectives of women of color, white women, and those caught in between, Under Her Skin traces themes related to double lives, fear, envy, lineage, and family, broadening our understanding of the often-painful subject of racial difference. Essays include the reflections of a woman whose girlhood is spent deciphering levels of oppression—from her Jewish family’s internment in the camps to her own treatment of their African-American maids; a radical parallel forged between a half-Nigerian narrator and three generations of Finnish male immigrants whom she claims as kin; and the startling connection of a white fourteen year old to Emmett Till through the photograph found on his lifeless body. The first book of its kind to include the impact of racial awareness on women of all colors, Under Her Skin embodies a vital and unique contribution to the national discussion on race.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580051170
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Live Girls Series
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,078,266
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Becoming 9
In which I wade 31
A child's Christmas in Revere 51
The last safe place 61
Except 73
The teach-in 79
Beat the Buddha day 95
Mirror 109
Homecoming 117
Running girl 129
Neon scars 137
Betsy, Tacy, Sejal, Tib 153
As American as apple pie 163
Breathing lessons 177
Don't you want to sound Puerto Rican? 193
An apology to Althea Connor : private memory and the ethics of public memoir 215
Bionic child 231
Black men 249
Mangoes and sugarcane 273
Blonde 285
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