Which America is Ours?

…there are nearly three whites with doctoral degrees for every one behind bars, but nearly six Latinos, behind bars for every one with a doctoral degree. This is the world I live in and in this world, I find offensive the injunction to not teach “politically” and to leave questions of identity and power outside of the classroom, especially when my subject of teaching is the United States.

–Michael Hames-García, “Which America is Ours?: Martí’s ‘Truth’ and the Foundations of ‘American Literature’” (2003)


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