Jennine Capó Crucet on the importance of education and navigating identity

Jennine Capó Crucet, author of  "My Time Among the Whites.”
Jennine Capó Crucet, author of "My Time Among the Whites.”
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Growing up in Miami, Cuban-American author Jennine Capó Crucet saw herself as a white Latina. It wasn’t until college and graduate school that she started to challenge her understanding of race, class and power in America.

In her new collection of essays, “My Time Among the Whites,” the University of Nebraska English professor reflects on her undergraduate days at Cornell College.

She writes about the importance of her college education, and about how learning that she wasn’t quite as white as her peers shifted the way she related to her family and her native Miami. It also transformed the way she interacted with the world.

On Wednesday, MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with Jennine Capó Crucet about her new book, “My Time Among the Whites.”

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