This second edition brings the book up to date by looking at recent examples of racism, such as the war in the former Yugoslavia and the cases of Stephen Lawrence and Rodney King, and by considering Islamophobia in Western societies. It also looks more widely at recent developments in the debate.


When I was a boy, I used to wonder where my mother came from, how she got on this earth. When I asked her where she was from, she would say, ‘God made me’, and change the subject. When I asked her if she was white, she’d say, ‘No. I’m light-skinned’, and change the subject again. Answering questions about her personal history did not jibe with Mommy’s view of parenting twelve curious, wild, brown-skinned children…. She never spoke about Jewish people as white. She spoke about them as Jews, which made them somehow different.

(McBride 1998:15, 66-7)

The discourse promoting resistance to racism must not prompt identification with and in terms of categories fundamental to the discourse of oppression. Resistance must break not only with practices of oppression, although its first task is to do that. Resistance must oppose also the language of oppression, including the categories in terms of which the oppressor (or racist) represents the form in which resistance is expressed.

(Goldberg 1990:313-14)

It is one of the penalties of toying with the race-notion that even a strong mind trying to repudiate it will find himself making assumptions and passing judgments on the basis of the theory he disclaims.

(Barzun 1965:29-30) . . .

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