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Could change the way you think
on September 3, 2011
The Cosmopolitan Canopy is a brilliant description of safe and unsafe spaces in an urban environment. Anderson delights in observing various scenes in Philadelphia. If you live here, you will take special pleasure in recognizing the places he describes. He begins by describing cosmopolitan canopies, spaces where everyone is welcome and encouraged to let down their guard. He goes on to carefully delineate why people of color need and create ethno spaces, as well, places apart where they can be totally themselves. He posits that everyone has varying degrees of ethno and cosmo orientations, and it's fascinating to think about where one fits into that spectrum.
As a white person, I tend to assume that all spaces are cosmopolitan, that all spaces should be equally welcoming to a variety of racial groups. While Professor Anderson communicates a strong respect and appreciation for those cosmopolitan canopies, he subtly challenges the assumption that all institutions have that kind of safety, and explains why set-apart places are important for some groups.