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The election of Barack Obama gave political currency to the (white) idea that Americans now live in a post-racial society. But the persistence of racial profiling, economic inequality between blacks and whites, disproportionate numbers of black prisoners, and disparities in health and access to healthcare suggest there is more to the story. David H. Ikard addresses these issues in an effort to give voice to the challenges faced by most African Americans and to make legible the shifting discourse of white supremacist ideology—including post-racialism and colorblind politics—that frustrates black self-determination, agency, and empowerment in the 21st century. Ikard tackles these concerns from various perspectives, chief among them black feminism. He argues that all oppressions (of race, gender, class, sexual orientation) intersect and must be confronted to upset the status quo.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction: What Does Black Empowerment in the Twenty-First Century Look Like?
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. White Supremacy Under Fire: The Unrewarded Perspective in Edward P. Jones's The Known World
  2. pp. 20-45
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  1. 2. Easier Said Than Done: Making Black Feminism Transformative for Black Men
  2. pp. 46-63
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  1. 3. All Joking Aside: Black Men, Sexual Assault, and Displaced Racial Angst in Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle
  2. pp. 64-83
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  1. 4. Boys to Men: Getting Personal about Black Manhood, Sexuality, and Empowerment
  2. pp. 84-103
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  1. 5. Rejecting Goldilocks: The Crisis of Normative White Beauty for Black Girls
  2. pp. 104-129
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  1. 6. "Stop Making the Rest of Us Look Bad": How Class Matters in the Attacks against the Movie Precious
  2. pp. 130-149
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  1. Epilogue: So What Does It All Mean?
  2. pp. 150-156
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 169-173
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 193-193
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253011039
Print ISBN
9780253010964
MARC Record
OCLC
858657623
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2013-11-04
Language
English
Open Access
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