Review Of "Acting White?: Rethinking Race In 'Post-Racial' America" By D. W. Carbado And M. Gulati

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Twenty-five years after I conducted interviews for Acting Black: College, Identity and the Performance of Race (2003), the subject has grown up, and Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati have published Acting White?: Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America. Treating the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. as the apotheosis of the Civil Rights Movement, I interviewed individuals who were in college between 1968 and 1988. The title was chosen to emphasize that while going to college was challenging for most African Americans, it was also expected for millions of others. Carbado and Gulati remind their readers that no moment is a true apotheosis, not even the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. The concepts with which they wrestle still include acting and race, but the workplace rather than college is the focus of their attention.

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