We Cast a Shadow - Random House BooksLook Inside. Jan 29, Minutes Buy. Jan 29, ISBN Jan 29, Minutes. A complete demelanization will liberate you from the confines of being born in a black body—if you can afford it. In this near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in ghettos and police violence, more and more residents are turning to this experimental medical procedure.
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Our narrator is one of the fortunate few to have left the Tiko, a fenced-in ghetto where the majority of the black population reside. The money he will earn from the promotion will fund a bleeding edge treatment, demelanization, that will not only remove the dark stain but give Nigel unblemished white skin. When I was younger, my father encouraged me to wear hats publicly, not because of the colour of my skin but as a replacement for my yarmulke skull-cap , an item of clothing that attracted its fair share of anti-Semitic remarks. The key difference, though, is that unlike our narrator, my father never let me forget who I was. At home, at the Synagogue, and at Jewish day school I was taught to be proud of my identity. I came to despise our narrator, and yet the great strength of We Cast a Shadow is that I kept on reading. His actions, as sinister and as misguided as they are, are symptomatic of a country that refuses to acknowledge its own deep scars.
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Good questions breathe life into the world. We are dropped into a future where the country is even more willing than now to follow its worst, most racist inclinations. The unnamed narrator describes how, in the next state over, black people must wear tracking devices. As the novel progresses, however, it evolves from an account of political compromise into one of protest and radicalization. And it certainly is that. Somehow the grinding effects of a world built to hurt me have not yet eliminated my every opportunity for a happy life, as is the case for so many of my brethren. The world is a centrifuge that patiently waits to separate my Nigel from basic human dignity.
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