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Clearly Invisible

Elizabeth Warren and the Politics of Racial Passing

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 11.26.2012 | Black Voices
Marcia Dawkins

When the votes are counted this November, Elizabeth Warren's racial identity will be less significant than the fact that questions about her identity persist as means of disqualification. Such questions demonstrate the ongoing problems of racial identification in the twenty-first century.

Barack Obama and the Politics of Passing

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Marcia Dawkins

Is Obama passing as black this summer? If so, will he start passing as white come the fall? It's difficult to say, partly because we so desire the president's racial legacy to be one of racial transcendence.