Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race by Sarah Susannah Willie

By Sarah Susannah Willie

Sarah Willie asks: what is it wish to be black on campus. for many Black scholars, attending predominantly white universities, it's a fight. Do you are attempting to mix in? Do you are taking a stand? Do you find yourself performing because the token consultant in your complete race? And what approximately these scholars who attend predominantly black universities? How do their reviews differ?In appearing Black, Sarah Willie interviews fifty five African American alumnae of 2 universities, related other than that one is predominantly white, Northwestern, and one is predominantly black, Howard. What she discovers via their tales, reflected in her personal collage event , is that the school campus is often times the level for an excellent extra extreme model of the racial concerns performed out past its partitions. The interviewees speak about "acting white" in a few occasions and "acting black" in others. They deal with race as many various issues, together with a collection of behaviours that they could decide to act out.In appearing Black, Willie situates the private tales of her personal event and people of her interviewees inside of a timeline of black schooling in the USA and a assessment of collage coverage, with feedback for development for either black and white universities trying to make their campuses really multicultural. within the culture of The discomfort of schooling (Routledge, 1996) , Willie captures the painful dilemmas and unsightly realities African american citizens needs to face on campus.

Show description

Read or Download Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race PDF

Similar discrimination & racism books

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

Up to date to incorporate the Black Lives subject move, the presidency of Barack Obama, the increase of hate speech on the net, and extra. because the booklet of the 1st variation of severe Race concept in 2001, the us has lived via monetary downturns, a virulent disease of terrorism, and the onset of a virus of hate directed opposed to immigrants, in particular undocumented Latinos and heart japanese humans.

International Action Against Racial Discrimination

An advent to the foreign legislations of racial discrimination, this e-book is the 1st to supply an within account of the way a United countries human rights treaty physique really works. whilst, it's an advent to the overseas legislations of racial discrimination. The publication makes a speciality of the sensible operation and implementation of the foreign conference at the removing of All different types of Racial Discrimination, emphasizing during the courting among legislations and politics.

Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam

Black Morocco: A background of Slavery, Race and Islam chronicles the experiences, identification, and organization of enslaved black humans in Morocco from the sixteenth century to the start of the 20th century. It demonstrates the level to which faith orders society but in addition the level to which the industrial and political stipulations effect the non secular discourse and the ideology of enslavement.

Anglo-Native Virginia: Trade, Conversion, and Indian Slavery in the Old Dominion, 1646-1722

Shefveland examines Anglo-Indian interactions during the notion of local tributaries to the Virginia colony, with particularemphasis at the colonial and tributary and overseas local settlements of the Piedmont and southwestern Coastal simple among 1646 and 1722.

Additional resources for Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race

Example text

18 Of those who do attend college, most do not attend colleges where admission is competitive, so why is there such passionate talk about affirmative action? S. colleges receive enough qualified applicants to select on a competitive basis. These institutions have become the focal point for the current debate over the admission and support of stu-dents of color. This is so primarily because [privileged] Whites compete strongly to get their children into the most highly selective colleges…. [T]hey feel that affirmative action programs to recruit and retain students of color deprive their children of privileges and opportunities.

I don’t remember how I justified the moment to myself. But I do remember coming across Judith Butler’s observation with a jolt of recognition: while some forms of imitation have been challenges to the dominant group, other forms of parody “are not subversive” (1995:134). The year before, I had played the part of the library fountain and been part of the group that won the best skit award. Sophomore year I remember refusing to play the dean of the college, also a black woman, in another skit. When I look back on the whole, perhaps I’ve made too much of a moment of bad taste and good humor.

Although experiences during which I came face-to-face with racist insults were infrequent, they startled me and depleted my emotional reserves. My fantasies for a world beyond race were no doubt conflated with the desire to have a different relationship to myself, to be “grown” and less dependent on my parents and my community. Part of my desire to be beyond race was the desire for relief from racism. Immediately attracted to the lush suburban campus of Haverford College, I decided it was my first-choice school because it seemed both radically different and soothingly familiar.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.03 of 5 – based on 3 votes