Race Becomes Tomorrow: North Carolina and the Shadow of Civil Rights
Gerald M. Sider is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and the author of Skin for Skin: Death and Life for Inuit and Innu, also published by Duke University Press.
This chapter focuses on tenements, cockroaches, and fantasies of superiority to other people and difference from cockroaches, and how this “evolved,” from the early mid-twentieth century to the 1970s, in two stories: racing cockroaches on a dining room table, and racing motorcycles across hills of garbage. Constructing fragile lives against the apparent threats of socialism and barbarism. All this to illuminate how everyday life among the victims of inequality is far more than just everyday.