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"Most people who appear phenotypically 'black' enjoy neither the privilege nor the inclination to play around on a government form designed to track and remediate generations of prejudice," writes Patricia Williams. "To be visibly black in this culture is to feel race every day--one can't forget it entirely when walking down the street. You're fingered, inescapably tagged--boxed in not by the form but by collective presumptions and cultural prejudgments--about beauty, criminality, intelligence, manners, articulateness, merit, health and contagion. That's the larger meaning of a social construction, after all: it has walls."
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