Prophetic Research in a Postracial Obama Age
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Introduction: Repositioning Race
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On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 75‑year‑old Mildred Pierce sat mesmerized during the televised inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. Her experiences as a Black child living in the Jim Crow South and later as an adult resident of several northern cities all confirmed that such an event would never take place—at least not in her lifetime...
Part I: The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Prophetic Race Theory
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Since Africans were initially brought to North America as indentured servants and forced into slavery shortly thereafter, myriad theories have emerged about Black Americans’ experiences as racial minorities, adaptive strategies and resilience, and the process of cultivating individual and collective racial identity..
1. Race Matters in “Postracial” OBAMERICA and How to Climb Out of the Rabbit Hole
Eduardo Bonilla‑Silva with Trenita Brookshire Childers
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In this curious moment when many believe the election and reelection of a Black man as the 44th president of the nation are clear and convincing evidence of racial progress, race matters have in truth become more complex and problematic for most of us. The new racial order that has emerged—the “new racism”—unlike Jim Crow, reproduces racial domination mostly through subtle and covert discriminatory practices that are often institutionalized, defended with coded language, and bonded by the racial ideology of color‑blind racism...
2. Am I My Brother’s andMy Sister’s Keeper?
Earl Wright II
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In 1903 William Edward Burghardt Du Bois penned a seminal statement on Black American leadership. Du Bois’s theory of the talented tenth champions the development of a cadre of Black Americans willing to engage in ethical leadership while sacrificing their personal ambitions to improve the social, economic, and physical condition of the members of their race...
3. Blackening Up Critical Whiteness
Robert L. Reece
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White criticisms of Black people and blackness have always been commonplace even though more contemporary critiques have opted to use seemingly race‑neutral terms such as “urban,” “inner‑city,” and “minority” to launch the same racialized objections. Similarly, many Blacks have observed whiteness, offering critiques of White structures and cultures...
Part II: Daily Experiences and Implications of the Postracial Obama Age
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The election and reelection of Barack Obama as president of the United States in 2008 and 2012 did not dramatically alter the daily lives of Blacks who are experiencing poverty, racism, or both. The historic election and reelection events were inspirational, and their emotional and psychological significance are inestimable...
4. Race, the Great Recession,and the Foreclosure Crisis
Cedric Herring, Loren Henderson, Hayward Derrick Horton
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Research suggests that between 2007 and 2010, the United States experienced one of the worst economic crises since the Great Depression. This period is often referred to as the Great Recession. Although most Americans directly or indirectly experienced implications of this nationwide economic precariousness, the consequences of the economic crisis were not evenly distributed...
5. Black Experiences, White Experiences
Louwanda Evans, Joe Feagin
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In the past century, social science research has made pivotal gains in understanding the nature of race, racism, and racist ideologies (Bonilla‑Silva 2010; Feagin 2006, 2013; Gaertner and Dovidio 1986; Gallagher 2003)...
Part III: Diasporic Black Identities in International Contexts
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In an increasingly globalized world, a multiplicity of experiences in varied national contexts often inform theoretical and empirical analyses of race. Through legal and social processes, racial identities are inscribed within national identities and cannot be easily understood or analyzed without consideration of place. Furthermore, in addition to national contexts, regions and cities, and their concomitant social and topographical features, affect how race is experienced...
6. Contextualizing “Race” in theDominican Republic
Antonio D. Tillis
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The ideology of race is often configured and contextualized within national frameworks. While global discourses on race and racial identity necessarily inform the racialized experiences of global citizens, the specifics of racialization are constructed within national contexts. This chapter explores how race is configured within the national framework of the Dominican Republic vis‑à‑vis its island neighbor, Haiti...
7. “U.S. Blacks are beautiful butBrazilian Blacks are not racist”
Tiffany D. Joseph
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An influx of immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean has significantly changed the ethnoracial composition of the United States in recent decades. As race remains a strong structuring factor in U.S. society, immigrants, especially non‑Whites, must learn to navigate U.S. race relations (Landale and Oropesa 2002)...
8. Africa Speaks
Derrick R. Brooms
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Africa has figured prominently in African American identity, particularly since the 1960s. During the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and 1970s, African Americans experienced a renewed interest in African culture and history, and developed a culture of Black pride—“Black is Beautiful”— to accompany African American protest activities...
Epilogue: Back to the Future of Race Studies
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Persistent inequities in the supposed postracial era highlight the enduring significance of race and race studies. These inequities, manifested on structural and interpersonal levels, continue despite assertions that we have reached the “end of blackness” (Dickerson 2004) and are now in a definitively “post‑Black” (Touré 2011) era. The papers in this collection illumine more subtle forms of racism and their implications for contemporary society...
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Page Count: 213
Publication Year: 2014
Series Title: SUNY series in African American Studies