Every Picture Is Imperfect: Kwame Anthony Appiah on Reshaping Identity

Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of law and philosophy at New York University, talks about growing up in an interracial, international family. The son of an English mother and Ghanaian father, Appiah now lives in the United States with his husband.

As a child, Appiah was protected from the worst of racism by family members with certain class privileges, but experienced the shifting identities of being mixed-race in multiple countries. Appiah believes that because race has no biological basis, we must question racial divisions in the world and learn to rethink our definitions of identity. He is a prolific writer and his books include The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen and Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity. Appiah also writes for The New York Times, answering questions from readers on ethics.

Featured image of Kwame Anthony Appiah, courtesy of PEN America.


What does the “papers, please” provision of SB 1070 mean for Latinos? Anthony Romero, the executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union, talks to host Maria Hinojosa and outlines how the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona immigration law SB 1070, why he considers it legalized racial profiling, as well as next steps on the community and legal fronts.

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Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s premier defender of liberty and individual freedom. He took the helm of the organization just four days before the September 11, 2001 attacks.  Romero also led the ACLU in establishing the John Adams Project, a joint effort with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to assist the under-resourced military defense lawyers in the Guantánamo military commissions. Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graduate of Stanford University Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He is a member of the New York Bar Association and has sat on numerous nonprofit boards.

The Death of Trayvon Martin: Also a Latino Issue

Trayvon Martin was shot by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, son of a white father and a Latina mother. The shooting is being investigated by a local grand jury and by federal authorities. This is the story of two Americans: the 17-year-old whose life was cut short and the man who says he shot in self-defense. Maria Hinojosa speaks to Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines.Com, about how Trayvon’s death raises questions on youth, safety and racial and ethnic identity.

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