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"I am Black," Jane Lazarre's son tells her. "I have a Jewish mom, yet i'm really not 'biracial.' That time period is incomprehensible to me." during this relocating memoir, Jane Lazarre, the white Jewish mom of now grownup Black sons, bargains a strong meditation on motherhood and racism in the USA as she tells the tale of the way she got here to appreciate the reports of her African American husband, their becoming sons, and their . Recounting her schooling, as a spouse, mom, and scholar-teacher, into the realities of African American existence, Lazarre exhibits how even though racism and white privilege lie on the center of yankee heritage and tradition, any folks can understand the adventure of one other via empathy and learning.
This 20th Anniversary version incorporates a new preface, within which Lazarre's elegy for mom Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and such a lot of others, reminds us of the ongoing resonance of race in American existence. As #BlackLivesMatter profits momentum, Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness is extra pressing and crucial than ever.

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