My Time Among the Whites
Updated: Jul 2
Capo Crucet, Jennine. My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education. Picador: 2019.
Jennine Capo Crucet illustrates in her short essays the complexity of identity within the intersections of race, nationalism, gender, and education. Her stories provide readers with an insight into the working complexities that Latinx women endure in a White dominant society. She is witty, unapologetic, and hilarious with her word choices. She describes her childhood upbringing in Miami, Florida, to her decision to move across the country to become a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
As the daughter of Cuban refugees and the first in her family to go to college, she critically analyzes her positionality as a light-skinned Latina. She provides intricately, detailed memories that foster from her childhood all the way into her adulthood. Jennine Capo Crucet is unapologetic in her thought process regarding racial inequities and highlights occurrences within her regular daily routines and experiences. Events at Disney, the dentist's office, her college dorms, weddings, her new apartment, and the 2016 election are only a few of the experiences that she discusses in her book. Her thought process seems to be at a tug and pull throughout the entire book with her analyzing privileges and disparities interchangeably and how they are incorporated in her life. Her vulnerability and confidence radiate off the pages and is a must-read as she invites readers into her upbringing as a Cuban American.
Review by: Maria Lopez de la Cruz