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Caucasia: What if people don’t know you are black and think you are Jewish?

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Monday, June 27, 2022 28 Sivan 5782 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, June 20, 2022 21 Sivan 5782 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, June 13, 2022 14 Sivan 5782 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pat Bizzell invites you to discuss this engaging novel about racial identity. Young Birdie’s white mother and her Black father are civil rights activists targeted by the Feds. Going into hiding, they split, her dad taking her sister Cole, who appears to be Black, and her mother taking Birdie, who is light-skinned. Mom invents Jewish names to conceal their tracks as they avoid capture and Birdie grows into her teen years. When people don’t know she is Black, they air their racist attitudes; and thinking she is Jewish, they share their anti-Semitism. Finally, Birdie sets out alone to find the father and sister she misses so much! Based on author Danzy Senna’s own experiences growing up light-skinned in a racially mixed marriage, Caucasia, her first novel, won numerous awards. We will discuss it in three sessions at 7:30 on June xx, xx, and xx, via zoom and in person. Sponsored by the BI Racial Justice Committee.

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