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In summary, from the vantage points of Native Americans, AfricanAmericans, Mexican-Americans, and Asian-Americans, there is an underside to Western triumphalism in America that has not been acknowledged, recorded, and told. The history of individual choice and freedom, and of democracy, unfortunately does not speak to the reality that most of them and their predecessors in America have experienced. These fundamental contradictions —between America's multiracial origins and growing multiracial reality on the one hand and its still dominant selfimage as white and European on the other, between ideals of freedom and democracy for all alongside a racialist social order that historically relegated people of color to an inferior status as cheap labor at best and extraneous population at worst, but in any case not equal citizens —are the concern of multicultural scholars.

Paul Berman, 183. 29. Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark, 3. 30. , "The State of the Art," 26. 31. Ibid. 32. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, "Introduction: Cartographies of Struggle in Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism," in Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism, ed. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Ann Russo, and Lourdes Torres (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1991), 11. 33. In a critique of legal education, Patricia Williams points out the dangers of insulating legal scholarship from struggles for justice and equality.

Almost 9 million came in a great surge in the 1980s. 6 The upshot of these new immigration patterns is that the American population is fast becoming "colored" and ever more diverse —by race, ethnicity, religion, language, food, music, art, literature, and many other cultural expressions. " The relatively higher reproductive rates of minority Americans as well as their lower age distributions mean that people of color will increasingly show up in our classrooms and our work force. In short, there is a demographic imperative at work here: we have no choice but to educate these young Americans of color if America is to remain politically healthy and economically competitive.

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