In 2000, the U.S. government — for the first time — gave census takers the option to identify themselves with more than one race. That year, 6.8 million Americans selected two or more races. In 2010, 9 million did.
These numbers paint a portrait of an increasingly diverse America — and of Americans who are becoming more comfortable identifying themselves as multicultural and mixed race. And it's no surprise that this shift has been reflected in the country's literature as well.
Always thought if I didn't get tenure I would shoot myself or strap a bomb to my chest and walk into the faculty cafeteria, but when it happened I just got bourbon drunk and cried a lot and rolled into a ball on my office floor. A couple days of this and I couldn't take it so I ended classes a week early and checked into the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast in Harlem to be among my own race and party away the pain. But mostly I just found myself back in that same ball some more, still on the floor, just at a more historically resonant address.
When I married Hewitt, I didn't realize — among other things — that I would become a member of that mewling and defensive group of people known as Interracial Couples. And who could fault them their mewling? Everywhere I went with Hewitt, strangers commented — in subtle and not so subtle ways — on the fact of our unlikely union: me, a white woman, married to him, a black man.
Joseph Arthur began singing at age 21, although his fondness for music and the guitar began earlier than that. Having grown up in Akron, Ohio, Arthur relocated to Atlanta for its thriving music scene, and eventually made his way to Brooklyn. Peter Gabriel discovered Arthur in the late 1990s, and the songwriter's career began to take off.
When Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards project was announced some seven years ago, its boosters — who included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Borough President Marty Markowitz — touted the scheme's extraordinary potential. But there was nothing unusual about the developer-politician alliance recounted by Battle for Brooklyn. The way this deal went down exemplifies how urban redevelopment is done all over the United States.