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Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage,…

Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption

by Randall Kennedy

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This is a pretty deep book. You will find lots of stuff that will never hit our history books. It is a good history book on race and relations in America. I wasn't crazy about the chapters on adoption as the author does not believe that there should be race matching in adoption - and I do. My personal opinion runs that if all things are equal and a child of color is wanted by a white couple or a couple of the same race, the child should be raised by the couple of the same race for reasons to involved to state here. The author - a person of color - disagrees and gives all his reasons - which are good reasons. If anyone else reads this I'd love to discuss the book with you ( )
  autumnesf | May 20, 2008 |
Kennedy examines the complex ways in which race defines relations between blacks and whites in the US.
  Fledgist | Nov 23, 2007 |
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In Interracial Intimacies, Randall Kennedy hits a nerve at the center of American society: race relations and our most intimate ties to each other. Writing with the same piercing intelligence he brought to his national bestseller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, Kennedy here challenges us to examine how prejudices and biases still fuel fears and inform our sexual, marital, and family choices.

Analyzing the tremendous changes in the history of America’s racial dynamics, Kennedy takes us from the injustices of the slave era up to present-day battles over race matching adoption policies, which seek to pair children with adults of the same race. He tackles such subjects as the presence of sex in racial politics, the historic role of legal institutions in policing racial boundaries, and the real and imagined pleasures that have attended interracial intimacy. A bracing, much-needed look at the way we have lived in the past, Interracial Intimacies is also a hopeful book, offering a potent vision of our future as a multiracial democracy.

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