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White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue & and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue & and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

by Lauren Michele Jackson

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Overview

Exposes the new generation of whiteness thriving at the expense and borrowed ingenuity of black people—and explores how this intensifies racial inequality.

American culture loves blackness. From music and fashion to activism and language, black culture constantly achieves worldwide influence. Yet, when it comes to who is allowed to thrive from black hipness, the pioneers are usually left behind as black aesthetics are converted into mainstream success—and white profit.

Weaving together narrative, scholarship, and critique, Lauren Michele Jackson reveals why cultural appropriation—something that's become embedded in our daily lives—deserves serious attention. It is a blueprint for taking wealth and power, and ultimately exacerbates economic, political, social inequity that persists in America. She unravels the racial contradictions lurking behind American culture as we know it—from shapeshifting celebrities and memes gone viral to brazen poets, loveable potheads, and faulty political leaders.

An audacious debut, White Negroes brilliantly summons a re-interrogation of Norman Mailer's infamous 1957 essay of a similar name. It also introduces a bold new voice in Jackson. Piercing, curious, and bursting with pop cultural touchstones, White Negroes is a dispatch in awe of black creativity everywhere and an urgent call for our thoughtful consumption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807011805
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lauren Michele Jackson is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago and will be on faculty in the Department of English at Northwestern University starting in the fall of 2019. Her writing about race and culture has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Essence, the New Republic, Teen Vogue, New York magazine, and other venues. She lives in Chicago. Connect with her at laurjackson.com and on Twitter (@proseb4bros).