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This Essay reviews “Notes of a Racial Caste Baby, Colorblindness and the End of Affirmative Action” by Bryan K. Fair, “How Did You Get to Be a Mexican? a White/Brown Man's Search for Identity” by Kevin R. Johnson, and “To be an American: Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation” by Bill Ong Hing. This Essay examines the potential contributions each book makes to legal scholarship and the popular press. The Essay first describes how each author uses the autobiographical narrative and what these narratives accomplish. The Essay examines each book's legal agenda and assesses how well each author achieves the scholarly purposes of his book. As well, this Essay explains how these books contribute to the rapidly expanding Critical Race Theory project. Further, the Essay summarizes the contributions the books make to legal scholarship and offers a critical assessment of how the projects' individual accomplishments, as well as shortcomings, reach (or fail to reach) across the racial divide.

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18 J. Law & Inequality 419 (2000).