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- Race does not exist - it is not a scientific or biological reality. Again.
RACE DOES NOT EXIST.
- That is not to say differences don't exist, or that cultures don't exist. It is to say that genetic difference does not make us separate races.
- Race was invented to justify racism.
- In order for one human to own another human, they must first create some inviolable difference that makes the owned human not human at all. That invention was race based on skin colour, it could just have easily been eye colour or height or arm span. Literal ownership has changed, but the results still echo.
- I am not white by biology but by training. My delicate sensibilities. My freedom to look away from what upsets me. My desire to be rescued. My opinions and outspoken-ness. These are markers of whiteness more than my lightly-melanated skin.
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Toni Morrison said this book should be required reading. It should, for most of us, also be required re-reading. Few people who call themselves white will really be able to take in what Coates says on first read.