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Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch
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Why hate Abercrombie? In a world rife with human cruelty and oppression, why waste your scorn on a popular clothing retailer? The rationale, Dwight A. McBride argues, lies in “the banality of evil,” or the quiet way discriminatory hiring practices and racist ad campaigns seep into and reflect malevolent undertones in American culture.

McBride maintains that issues of race and sexuality are often subtle and always messy, and his compelling new book does not offer simple answers. Instead, in a collection of essays about such diverse topics as biased marketing strategies, black gay media representations, the role of African American studies in higher education, gay personal ads, and pornography, he offers the evolving insights of one black gay male scholar.

As adept at analyzing affirmative action as dissecting Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, McBride employs a range of academic, journalistic, and autobiographical writing styles. Each chapter speaks a version of the truth about black gay male life, African American studies, and the black community. Original and astute, Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch is a powerful vision of a rapidly changing social landscape.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Introduction: The New Black Studies, or beyond the Old “Race Man”
  2. pp. 17-32
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  1. Part I. Queer Black Thought
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. 1. Straight Black Studies
  2. pp. 35-58
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  1. 2. Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch
  2. pp. 59-87
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  1. 3. It’s a White Man’s World: Race in the Gay Marketplace of Desire
  2. pp. 88-132
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  1. Part II. Race and Sexuality on Occasion
  2. pp. 133-134
  1. 4. On Race, Gender, and Power: The Case of Anita Hill
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. 5. Feel the Rage: A Personal Remembrance of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising
  2. pp. 143-148
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  1. 6. Ellen’s Coming Out: Media and Public Hype
  2. pp. 149-153
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  1. 7. Affirmative Action and White Rage
  2. pp. 154-160
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  1. Part III. Straight Black Talk
  2. pp. 161-162
  1. 8. Speaking the Unspeakable: On Toni Morrison, African American Intellectuals, and the Uses of Essentialist Rhetoric
  2. pp. 163-184
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  1. 9. Cornel West and the Rhetoric of Race-Transcending
  2. pp. 185-202
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  1. 10. Can the Queen Speak? Sexuality, Racial Essentialism, and the Problem of Authority
  2. pp. 203-226
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 227-234
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 235-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-250
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 251
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