Quote of the Day: Lord Kitchener on Race

The calypso musician on how your race is defined by whether or not you qualify as white.

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Lord Kitchener

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You can read this lyric from Lord Kitchener’s 1953 song “Black or White” in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Listen to the song here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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