Jabari Asim

Jabari AsimĀ is the director of the MFA program in creative writing at Emerson College and the author of several books.

Recent Articles

Can Love Conquer Hate?

Will the increasing prevalence of intermarriage lead to broader empathy and understanding?

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Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy By Sheryll Cashin This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Jean Toomer, one of the brightest lights of the Harlem Renaissance, the unprecedented outpouring of African American creativity during the 1920s, was also one of its most conflicted personalities. Racially ambiguous in appearance, he eventually distanced himself from the black culture he had evoked so movingly in Cane, his masterpiece hybrid of poetry and fiction. Resisting simplistic binary classification, he embraced the idea of mixed-heritage people as harbingers of a new, progressive kind of American. As he was in his art, Toomer proved himself somewhat ahead of the curve. Today, more Americans are staking a claim to their full racial selves while exploring their various ethnic strains in art and literature. A timely new entrant to this conversation is Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and...