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Black for a Day White Fantasies of Race and Empathy By Gaines, Alisha

Black for a Day White Fantasies of Race and Empathy By Gaines, Alisha
Black for a Day White Fantasies of Race and Empathy By Gaines, Alisha

Black for a Day White Fantasies of Race and Empathy By Gaines, Alisha

In 1948, journalist Ray Sprigle traded his whiteness to live as a black man for four weeks. A little over a decade later, John Howard Griffin famously became black as well, traveling the American South in search of a certain kind of racial understanding. Contemporary history is littered with the surprisingly complex stories of white people passing as black, and here Alisha Gaines constructs a unique genealogy of empathetic racial impersonation--white liberals walking in the fantasy of black skin under the alibi of cross-racial empathy.

At the end of their experiments in blackness, Gaines argues, these debatably well-meaning white impersonators arrived at little more than false consciousness. Complicating the histories of black-to-white passing and blackface minstrelsy, Gaines uses an interdisciplinary approach rooted in literary studies, race theory, and cultural studies to reveal these sometimes maddening, and often absurd, experiments of racial impersonation. By examining this history of modern racial impersonation, Gaines shows that there was, and still is, a faulty cultural logic that places enormous faith in the idea that empathy is all that white Americans need to make a significant difference in how to racially navigate our society. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Books".

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  • ISBN: 1469632829
  • EAN: 9781469632827
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Book Title: Black Fora Day : White Fantasies of Race and Empathy
  • Author: Alisha Gaines
  • Item Length: 9.2in.
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
  • Genre: Psychology, Literary Collections, Social Science, Performing Arts
  • Topic: American / African American, Discrimination & Race Relations, Acting & Auditioning, Emotions, Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
  • Item Width: 6.1in.
  • Item Weight: 2 Oz
  • Number of Pages: 230 Pages

Black for a Day White Fantasies of Race and Empathy By Gaines, Alisha