Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel pressure to com-promise their true selves as they navigate America's racial and gender bigotry. Black women "shift" by altering the expectations they have for themselves or their outer appearance. They modify their speech. They shift "White" as they head to work in the morning and "Black" as they come back home each night. They shift inward, internalizing the searing pain of the negative stereotypes that they encounter daily. And sometimes they shift by fighting back.
With deeply moving interviews, poignantly revealed on each page, Shifting is a much-needed, clear, and comprehensive portrait of the reality of African American women's lives today.
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About the Author
Charisse Jones is a national correspondent for USA Today. A former staff writer for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, she has been a commentator for National Public Radio and is a contributing writer for Essence magazine.
Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a professor at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, Los Angeles.
What People are Saying About This
“Searing...as I read Shifting... I wanted to rip out chapters and send them to nearly everyone I know.”
“Jones and Shorter-Gooden are wise, warm and candid, breaking new ground.... An important and powerful book for us all.
“Meaningful and poignant...this well researched and beautifully written book is a must read.”
“Always moving, at times haunting, and often inspirational, Shifting provides a richly textured look at the lives of Black women.”
“A deeply moving, intimate and important book about the emotional costs for Black women in white America.”