Showing My Color emerges out of Page's fuming
discontent with the current fashions of the racial denial- those steadfast
repudiations of the difference race continues to make in our lives- and the
accompanying charge that racial pride and color consciousness threaten to
"balkanize" the country, as if it ever was a model of unity. Many demand
that we "get past race." America, Clarence Page proposes, will have to go
through race to get beyond race.