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Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships Paperback – Bargain Price, June 28, 2005

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843170892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843170891
  • ASIN: B000HWYU70
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,773,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Meticulously annotated…a textured, ribald and frequently poignant interracial friendship between two remarkable talents.” (New York Times Book Review on Remember Me to Harlem )

“You can’t afford to miss this book.” (Vibe on Remember Me to Harlem )

“Heartfelt essays [exploring] ...what makes some [friendships] last a lifetime and others collapse at the first sign of strain.” (Booklist )

“What a wonderful and much-needed contribution to the great American conversation.” (Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia and Symptomatic )

About the Author

Emily Bernard was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She has a B.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. She teaches in the English Department and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Vermont. Bernard is editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, 1925–1964.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on May 11, 2007
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This is an eclectic collection of testimonials by those occupying America's most infamous "no mans land," the intersection on the nation's Social grid between the dominant racist culture and those struggling to integrate it -- despite the nation's deep reservoir of racism.

In every instance, these are quiet but profoundly heroic tales about those struggling out on the very slippery precipice of our society trying to maintain a modicum of dignity while not genuflecting under the withering pressure to conform to the omnipresent racist norms and standards. Almost all have willingly paid the price in living lives, often of quiet desperation, always of self-imposed denial and always by distorting their own lives to coexist with a racist way of life.

More than anything else, this is a mostly upbeat reminder of how deeply embedded the newest form of racism, the seemingly more benign, yet much more (passive) aggressive form, is.

Even though this group straddling America's no mans land is slowly increasing, they remain stranded "in" but never completely "of" America. They are often brutally cut off by both sides of the color divide from the normal connections one would find in a more civilized society. Yet, they push on relentlessly, surprisingly making a much larger impact on the racist culture than their numbers would suggest.

Thank God for their courage! For the sake of the rest of us they must keep pushing!

In a more perfect world, or in an America that took its cherished values and principles seriously, there would be no need for these stories, or a need for telling them. This book proves, with dramatic "lived" evidence that in America, despite exaggerated claims to the contrary: the racists are still winning. Five Stars.
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