Race, Multiplicity, and Impure Coalitions of Resistance

Lee A. McBride III
College of Wooster
Lucius Outlaw and Shannon Sullivan have argued for the preservation of racial distinctiveness and the necessity of racial separatism. This paper articulates and challenges this push for racial separatism and the particular conception of race evoked therein. The author points out that the multiplicity, the multiculturalism, the intersectionality within these communities of resistance is typically belittled, fragmented, or erased. Recognizing the practical use of racial coalitions, the author articulates an alternative conception of coalitional agency, one that allows for multiplicitous identities, opening avenues to intercultural communication and impure coalitions of resistance.
Keywords Race  Coalitional resistance  racial separatism  Lucius Outlaw  Shannon Sullivan  Maria Lugones
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