Exposes the new generation of whiteness thriving at the expense and borrowed ingenuity of black peopleand 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 successand white profit.
Weaving together narrative, scholarship, and critique, Lauren Michele Jackson reveals why cultural appropriationsomething that's become embedded in our daily livesdeserves 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 itfrom 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.
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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).