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Black for a day : white fantasies of race and empathy

Author: Alisha Gaines
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alisha Gaines
ISBN: 9781469632841 1469632845
OCLC Number: 980304433
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Good niggerhood : Ray Sprigle's Dixie terror --
The missing day : John Howard Griffin and the specter of Joseph Franklin --
A secondhand kind of terror : Grace Halsell and the ironies of empathy --
Empathy TV : family and racial intimacy on Black. White.
Responsibility: Alisha Gaines.

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"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 that these debatably well-meaning white impersonators arrived at little more than false consciousness"--

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Gaine's book is well written and compelling.--The Journal of Southern History Chronicles white impersonations of blackness in the US, revealing the ways experiments in racial empathy obscure the Read more...

 
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