Book Review of Mirror, Mirror Essay

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BOOK REVIEW OF MIRROR MIRROR IDENTITY, RACE AND PROTEST IN JAMAICA by Rex Nettleford
Taneisha Malcolm
April 1, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENT
Title Page ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- page3
Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- page 4
Summary of Content ---------------------------------------------------------------------- page 6
Conclusion --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- page 10
Reference ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- page 11

TITLE PAGE
Title of Book: Mirror Mirror Identity, Race and Protest in
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The country’s motto, ‘Out of many one people’ was referred to multiple times in the new introduction reflecting a multiracial nationalist ethic. This was purported by many of the upper educated class and even the mostly uneducated, black lower class. However, there were a few such as Pro. Nettleford, who saw the motto as an aspiration rather than reality. Thus affirming this inharmonious state of half black, half white, serving to keep the nation in a constant state of schizophrenia. For Pro. Nettleford, Jamaican and Caribbean nationalisms all fall victim to this fragmented sense of self because for the most part the newly independent Caribbean countries have all bought into a hybrid, creolized model that validates the assimilation into a Euro-Creolized New World heritage and away from the historical precursor of slavery and Africa. The mimicry of European cultural values is therefore a day-to-day reality for postcolonial citizenship.
In revisiting Mirror Mirror, Professor Nettleford presented a current perspective on the ever prevalent issues of Identity, Race and Protest in Jamaica. It was his hope that its content would compel Jamaicans of all hues to realise that social and racial cohesion is an absolute for national survival and development. Mirror

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