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bostonreview.net: Who Is Afraid of Race?

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Here I focus on what it would mean to take up Wilkerson’s project and rethink race as caste in the global context.

Southern Africa is a world-historic limit-case of race, caste, and class entanglements on which we can test the durability of Wilkerson’s caste thesis.

More than a “scene of race,” Gandhi’s South African “train moment” was a scene of historic anti-Blackness.

Though he later complicated his politics, the “South African Gandhi” navigated the dizzying nexus of Black and Indian race, and class and caste entanglements, by disavowing his fellow colonized Black people.

Under “post”-Apartheid Modernity, our examinations of race, caste, and political solidarity will demand more political honesty and analytic rigor.

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