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Learning from an Unimportant Minority Race is all around us as one of the main structures of capitalist society Yet how we talk about it and even how we think about it is tightly policed Everything about race is artificially distorted as a whiteBlack paradigm Instead we need to understand the imposed racial reality from many different angles of radical vision J Sakai shares experiences from his own life as a revolutionary in the united states exploring what it means to belong to an unimportant minority Great book I found this little book to be really illuminatingI read it really uick and now i've picked it back up to reread It's a transcribed talk So it's not organized like a normal book or essay It's stories about US history and stories about Sakai's life interwoven to try to illustrate the way race works in America He does this by specifically explaining the different and evolving ways Japanese Americans have been racialized according to the whims and capitalistic needs of American imperialism and white supremacy I find race in the US to be very confusing I'm kind of always trying to remedy this for myself to make some sense out of the racial order that makes up our realitiesSakai acknowledges this in the opening pageRace is notoriously slippery awkward to hold onto as a subject yet totally all around us Totally All the time every day we breathe it; after all it is us so we can't ever be far from it This seeming contradiction of what should be so simple being endlessly complicated in society is because how we think about race how we talk about race capitalism is constantly trying to police this They don't want to neaten it they actually want to constrict it and keep remaking it in their own distorted images and stamping it on our facesAnd so from there he teases out a lot of the ways this has happened to Japanese people in the United States And as a result I'm feeling just a tad less confused about America

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