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The Problem of the Twenty-first Century Is the Problem of the Color Line as It Intersects the Nativity Line

Kenneth Prewitt

in What Is "Your" Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157030
eISBN:
9781400846795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157030.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter argues that the center of gravity is shifting because of an intricate interplay between America's color line and its nativity line. It uses the color line concept to ask whether America ... More


Seeing Race in Modern America

Matthew Pratt Guterl

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469610689
eISBN:
9781469612522
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469610696_Guterl
Subject:
History, African-American History

This book focuses on how and why we come to see race in very particular ways. What does it mean to see someone as a color? As racially mixed or ethnically ambiguous? What history makes such things ... More


Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Mollie Godfrey

Vershawn Ashanti Young (ed.)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041587
eISBN:
9780252050244
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Bringing together fifteen essays by leading scholars, including a theoretical introduction by the editors and an insightful foreword and afterword by Gayle Wald and Michele Elam, respectively, this ... More


Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law: Why Structural Racism Persists

Natsu Taylor Saito

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780814723944
eISBN:
9780814708170
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814723944.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law begins from the premise that the United States is neither postracial nor postcolonial. Using the lens of settler colonial theory, it attributes the origins and ... More


“Of Course I’m Proud of My Country!”: Michelle Obama’s Postracial Wink

Ralina L. Joseph

in Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479862825
eISBN:
9781479818426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 1 scrutinizes the First Lady’s response to her racist and sexist treatment in mainstream media in the 2008 presidential election campaign. Michelle Obama faced many attacks from the ... More


“Because Often It’s Both”: Racism, Sexism, and Oprah’s Handbags

Ralina L. Joseph

in Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479862825
eISBN:
9781479818426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 2 analyzes a case study from Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey has always occupied a unique, exceptional, and almost superhuman position in the American cultural imaginary. Winfrey has long since ... More


“I Just Wanted a World That Looked Like the One I Know”: The Strategically Ambiguous Respectability of a Black Woman Showrunner

Ralina L. Joseph

in Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479862825
eISBN:
9781479818426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 3 examines showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ twenty-first century Black respectability politics through the form of strategic ambiguity. Joseph traces Rhimes’ performance of strategic ambiguity first ... More


“No, But I’m Still Black”: Women of Color Community, Hate-Watching, and Racialized Resistance

Ralina L. Joseph

in Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479862825
eISBN:
9781479818426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 4 begins part two of the book, which analyzes the words of Black women who are behind and speaking back to their screens, and postulates about what happens when postracial resistance and ... More


“They Got Rid of the Naps, That’s All They Did”: Women of Color Critiques of Respectability Politics, Strategic Ambiguity, and Race Hazing

Ralina L. Joseph

in Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479862825
eISBN:
9781479818426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 5 is the second of the two audience reception chapters in the books, which continues documenting a group of young women flow of commentary before, during, and after watching a full season of ... More


“Do Not Run Away from Your Blackness”: Black Women Television Workers and the Flouting of Strategic Ambiguity

Ralina L. Joseph

in Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479862825
eISBN:
9781479818426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 6 focuses on television production economies and relies upon interview data in order to illustrate how Black female television writers, studios’ in-house legal counsel, and producers skirt ... More


Barack Obama’s White Appeal and the Perverse Racial Politics of the Post–Civil Rights Era

Paul Street

in Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460216
eISBN:
9781626740426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.003.0014
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that it is historically significant that droves of whites are willing to embrace a black presidential candidate. Indeed, forty years ago, it would have been impossible for a black ... More


Barack Obama’s (Im)Perfect Union: An Analysis of the Strategic Successes and Failures in His Speech on Race

Ebony Utley and Amy L. Heyse

in Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460216
eISBN:
9781626740426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.003.0015
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech was an appropriate and successful response to a political-personal crisis. He negotiated the controversy surrounding his personal ... More


The End(S) of Difference?: Towards an Understanding of the “Post” in “Post-Racial”

Lisa Anderson-Levy

in Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460216
eISBN:
9781626740426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that within the context of the operation of race in the US, the conceptual space inhabited by the “post” in post-race is only understandable through white privilege and that white ... More


On the Impossibilities of a Post-Racist America in the Obama Era

Karanja Keita Carroll

in Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460216
eISBN:
9781626740426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter interrogates the reality of racism and white supremacy in what some today refer to as “The Obama Era” and what others regard as evidence of a “Post-Racist America.” By utilizing an ... More


Obama, the Instability of Colorlines, and the Promise of a Postethnic Future

David A. Hollinger

in Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460216
eISBN:
9781626740426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines Obama’s candidacy as a significant challenge to identity politics, a challenge that will only deepen with his Presidency. At the center of that challenge is a growing ... More


The Neo-Passing Narrative

Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Ashanti Young

in Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041587
eISBN:
9780252050244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This introduction defines neo-passing by contextualizing the term not only in relation to classic passing narratives and scholarship on passing but also in relation to broad notions of performance, ... More


Why Passing Is (Still) Not Passé after More Than 250 Years: Sources from the Past and Present

Martha J. Cutter

in Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041587
eISBN:
9780252050244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Some scholars argue that racial passing began in the mid- to late nineteenth century, reached its pinnacle in the early twentieth century, and then abated by the 1930s. This chapter substantiates, ... More


Passing for Postracial: Colorblind Reading Practices of Zombies, Sheriffs, and Slaveholders

Christopher M. Brown

in Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041587
eISBN:
9780252050244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter argues that contemporary neo-passing narratives offer some of the sharpest rebuttals—both formally and tropologically—to contemporary colorblind reading practices, particularly those ... More


Passing for Tan: Snooki and the Grotesque Reality of Ethnicity

Alisha Gaines

in Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041587
eISBN:
9780252050244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter considers how Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the star of MTV’s reality television show Jersey Shore crafted a bankable celebrity persona by “passing for tan.” Emboldened by postracial ... More


The Good Old Days

Julia Lee

in Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816698219
eISBN:
9781452952451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698219.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

“The Good Old Days” catches up with the four African-American members of Our Gang and their sometimes-tortured relationship with the past. It analyzes Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat caricature on Saturday ... More


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