“As Western capitalist democracies in advanced postindustrial decline, the UK and US share the similar circumstances of racially structured social formations in which “race” has become a central site of political antagonism. But it is precisely the differential specificity of their historical and national formation that must be recognized in order to grasp what is at stake in the diasporic resonance of the metaphors of being silenced, or invisible, or marginal — namely, the struggle over representation that inevitably comes with the territory wherever societies organize themselves around the metaphor of “race.””
Kobena Mercer, ‘Introduction: Black Britain and the cultural politics of diaspora’ in Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies, p.6