Eula Biss’s creative essay explores efforts towards racial integration in an Iowa mining town and in an Iowa college town a hundred years later.
What integration seems to mean to many white people is that a very small number of other people will be accepted into white communities and institutions where they will be “tolerated.” I suspect that Hurston, an anthropologist, a collector of culture,
understood the implications of this. Assimilation is the unspoken end. But I would like to believe that this country is capable of a
version of integration greater, more ambitious, than that.
Read more about Eula’s thoughts on utopia, diversity, the University of Iowa, and “Going Home”.
Biss, Eula. “Back to Buxton.” Poroi 6, Iss. 1 (2009): p. 6-14.