Nell Irvin Painter Wrote The History of White People

I can’t wait to read Nell Irvin Painter’s polemic, The History of White People. Race is a concept, not a fact. Painter wants you to know that, and a few other things. Check her out on Colbert. I love Painter’s wit (so unlike most academics I’ve met throughout the years).

She says something that really struck me, especially because of a project I’m working on, about shifting identities: “We think, or we used to think, until I wrote my book, that race was something permanent inside you…but Steven it changed…all you have to do is have sex.” Well, i get it, maybe for different reasons, but…Check it out.

Nell Irvin Painter
www.colbertnation.com

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