The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy

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Chapter One. Speaking of Race
1.
By referring to “race” without setting the word off in quotation marks I do not aim to reinforce the idea that it stands for some static or read- ily definable property. Rather, the intention of this project is to under- mine such assumptions.
2.
Felicia Lee, “The Honest Dialogue That Is Neither, New York Times, 7 December 1997.
3.
Lani Guinier, The Tyranny of the Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy (New York: The Free Press, 1994), 20.
4.
I generally refer to the United States as “America” where such a ref- erence relies on or alludes to another author's use of the name and em- ploy the terms “American” and “Americans” for lack of adequate sub- stitutes, but I recognize the exclusion inherent in conflating the United States and “America.” For an account of the political issues in- volved in these questions of language and how they are implicated in debates about the meaning of the term “African-American, see Michael Hanchard, “Identity, Meaning and The African-American, Social Text 24 (Spring 1990): 31-42.
5.
I use the terms “black Americans” and “African Americans” to refer

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