Race: A Legal, Historical, Scientific, and Personal Issue
7 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2015
Date Written: 2009
This is the Introduction to the Albany Law Review's 2009 symposium, "Defining Race." Professor Bonventre opens the symposium with a few remarks on the genesis and objectives of the day-long conference, and he shares some of his own perspectives on the concept of race. He relates personal experiences as a not-so-white Italian-American growing up in a very white neighborhood, attending school with teachers who viewed Italian-Americans as other than real Americans, and, even in professional life, confronting reminders -- friendly and otherwise -- that Italian-Americans were viewed as a separate and somewhat-dubious race. Not surprisingly, he, like many other Italian-Americans, considers himself simply to be that, or southern Mediterranean, and not white or Caucasian.
Keywords: Race, Italian-Americans
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