Randall Kennedy, American Educator ( September 10, 1954 - )

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Although skin color is undoubtedly the most salient signal of racial identity in America, other actual or imagined bodily features have also been seen as distinctive markers of Negritude. These include the shapes of heads, feet, lips, and noses as well as the texture of hair.~Randall Kennedy

Color Hair America

All white people in the United States have benefited from a white supremacy. But does that mean that a white person should be viewed badly because they turn against a white supremacist policy? Just because you've benefited from something shouldn't disable you from repudiating it.~Randall Kennedy

People White You

In law school, I earned the respect of professors and served on the editorial board of 'The Yale Law Journal.'~Randall Kennedy

Respect School Law

Segregation, in a sense, helped create and maintain black solidarity.~Randall Kennedy

Black Segregation Create

We know that we're not supposed to be racially biased, and we don't want to think of ourselves as racially biased, so we tell ourselves a different story.~Randall Kennedy

Want Think Story

The idea of the mulatto has been a gathering point for a wide variety of racial prejudices, fears, myths, and speculations.~Randall Kennedy

Racial Gathering Point

I was born in Columbia in 1954, the year the Supreme Court invalidated racial segregation in public schools. I visited frequently but did not live there.~Randall Kennedy

Live Segregation Racial

The perception of linked fate and that feeling of being always on the spot as a representative of the race, at least in mixed company, are features of African American life that predate affirmative action and arise outside of its presence.~Randall Kennedy

Life Fate American

I champion sensibly designed racial affirmative action, not because I have benefited from it personally - though I have. I support it because, on balance, it is conducive to the public good.~Randall Kennedy

Good Support Balance

The biggest accomplishment, in racial terms, for Barack Obama was being elected. He had to overcome his blackness to be elected. He climbed the Mt. Everest of American politics, becoming an historic first.~Randall Kennedy

Politics Accomplishment

I think that many black people thought this would be a wonderful and extraordinary thing, for a black family to occupy the White House. Not only black people; a lot of white people thought that, too, but particularly black people.~Randall Kennedy

Family People Black

Any successful black person will have to face suspicion within his or her own community about his or her loyalty to other blacks.~Randall Kennedy

Loyalty Community Black

As soon as you say that there is a community called, let's say, black Americans, you've immediately created a boundary line - who's in that group, who's outside that group.~Randall Kennedy

Community Black You

As important as the presidency is, that's not the only thing to take a look at in determining the racial health of the United States.~Randall Kennedy

Health Important Look

In elite, primarily white institutions, there are many blacks who have white wives. So much so that sometimes there is almost the assumption that I would be married to a white woman.~Randall Kennedy

Woman White Sometimes

If you are socially isolated, you are more vulnerable to stereotypes and myths; you won't have the opportunity to have conversations with someone who has a different social background than you.~Randall Kennedy

Opportunity Stereotypes

Love is just such a crucial, wonderful thing, and if you are lucky enough to find somebody who genuinely loves you, grab that person and hold on to that person, and nothing else matters.~Randall Kennedy

Love Love Is Nothing

I will say go into the world and try to find good people that feel genuine affection and love for you, and disregard everything else about their background.~Randall Kennedy

Love Good World

Many people believe that determining who is 'black' is rather easy, a task simplified by the administration of the one-drop rule. Under the one-drop rule, any discernible African ancestry stamps a person as 'black.'~Randall Kennedy

People Black Believe

So long as procreation stems from parents of the same race, appearance and lineage are typically congruent. Interracial unions give rise to added complexity. Interracial amalgamation will produce some individuals whose features diverge from those commonly ascribed to the races of their ancestors.~Randall Kennedy

Parents Appearance Long