civilization, that they are both indebted to and descendants of those they enslaved. They don't want to see the world as One—a tiny little globe where people and cultures are always on the move, where nothing stays still no matter how many times we name it.” Although I do not fully agree that I should be held accountable for the mistakes of my ancestors, I do feel like Kelley does an exceptional job convincing the reader that we are all more alike than we realize. The passage claims that as humans we should all try and do a better job of being culturally aware of those who are prominently polycultural. We should not ask someone if they are “mixed” and what ethnicity they are. Robin D.G. Kelley simplifies the passage in one line, “[acknowledging one's polycultural heritage] does mean expanding our definition of blackness, taking our history more seriously, and looking at the rich diversity within us with new eyes.” Kelley tries to connect to the reader on many levels just to be able to explain her views of the way racism affects her daily. Whether race to you means a competition to reach the finish line or a type of ethnicity shared by a group of people there is one type of race we can all agree is the most important: the
human race. As a society, we should not normalize asking someone what their heritage is or if they are polycultural. We should all work together and help each other get through the race of life.
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- Fall '17
- Mrs. Colvin
- Robin D.G. Kelley