By George Yancy
Read or Download White on White Black on Black PDF
Best family life books
At 80, Einar Gilkyson has misplaced his proportion of family, yet nonetheless reveals his condominium complete. His granddaughter, Griff, has dropped out of school to appear after him, and his long-absent sister has back domestic from Chicago. yet Ishawooa, Wyoming is way from bucolic, and problems start to boil while the sheriff unearths a guy murdered in a meth lab.
- The Fairly Odd Parents! - Wish Upon a Mom
- The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2
- The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day (First Time Books(R))
- Little Town on the Prairie
Additional resources for White on White Black on Black
What makes Harlem attractive is the vacation it offers from whiteness: from tidy houses and tidy offices to the desires symbolized by the jitterbug or by the dark underside of the sex industry; from “good taste”—staid clothing and classical music—to the zoot suit and the rhythms of jazz: loudness. And what is perhaps most dangerous to say is that this experience is not completely false, and not, or not only, manufactured for commercial purposes by black people. Blackness really was a relief from whiteness, and whiteness really did have its privileges: the social constructions were in part made actual.
But then where do we go, what do we become? I’m asking for mercy, for light! No one can simply shed racial names or eliminate white supremacist systems and ideologies through force of will, but we can encourage the cracks in our privileged identities, whatever they may be. 6 Black drivers get cited more often because they are pulled over more often, because they are more likely to appear suspicious to cops who are taught that black folks are more likely than white folks to be drug dealers. The paradigmatic black drug dealer—upon whose shoulders rests the blame for violence in America—is the original profile that begins the chain of differential treatment, the necessary counterpoint to the paradigmatic upright white.
I was surprised, for example, to find that in Memphis I was perceived as white. Scholars of the negritude movement who have read how Paulette Nardal, Aimé Césaire, and Frantz Fanon were each surprised to find on their arrival in France that they were perceived as Black will at least be familiar with the phenomenon, even if they remain astonished at my naïveté. I did not think of myself as white, but as English. It took me a while to understand how little I understood my new environment. The first time I was confronted by a form asking me to check the box that corresponded to my racial self-indentification I sought help.