When Equality Ends: Stories about Race and Resistance

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5
Latinos and the
Black-White Binary

Introduction: In Which Rodrigo and I Catch Up
on the News and Each Other's Adventures

"Rodrigo, here I am," I announced, raising my voice over the din of the airport loudspeaker and voices of fellow passengers waiting at curbside. "How kind of you to pick me up."

"No problem. Giannina's back at the house, reviewing for yet another midterm. Here, let me take that bag."

"Nice car," I said. "Did you have it last time?"

"No, it's new. We tried doing without one, but our schedules are so different now that we needed it in order to have any time at all together. So we got this little beauty."

"It's Italian, right?" I asked.

"Right. Mom and Dad had one when I was growing up, although it was a larger model. Have you ever driven one?"

"I don't think so," I said. "At my age, my tastes run to something a little more sedate."

"You can take it to your hearing tomorrow if you want. I'm staying home. You could drop Giannina off at her law school on the way."

"We'll see," I said as Rodrigo slowed for the short-term parking booth. He showed his ticket to the attendant, who waved him on—"Free, less than 30 minutes"—then I asked, "I gather you've been doing some traveling, too."

"I have," Rodrigo replied. "I just got back from a two-day conference hosted by the Latino law students of a major school. It drew an impres

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • 1 - Rodrigo's Book Bag 1
  • 2 - Rodrigo's Road Map 27
  • 3 - What's Wrong with Neoliberalism 55
  • 4 - Rodrigo's Chromosomes 79
  • 5 - Latinos and the Black-White Binary 109
  • 6 - Conflict as Pathology 127
  • 7 - Rodrigo's Book of Manners 143
  • 8 - Rodrigo's Committee Assignment 163
  • 9 - The Problem with Lawyers 189
  • 10 - Rodrigo's Notebook 223
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