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Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs

Author: David Ikard; T Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2017.
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Why do race relations appear to be getting worse instead of better since the election and reelection of the country's first black president? David Ikard speaks directly to us, in the first person, as a professor and father and also as self-described working-class country boy from a small town in North Carolina. His lively account teems with anecdotes--from gritty to elegant, sometimes scary, sometimes funny,  Read more...
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Ikard, David.
Lovable racists, magical negroes, and white messiahs.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Ikard; T Denean Sharpley-Whiting
ISBN: 9780226492773 022649277X
OCLC Number: 1004568723
Notes: Acknowledgments Foreword by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting Introduction Chapter 1 Good Slave Masters Don't Exist: Lovable Racists and the Crisis of Authorship in Twelve Years a Slave Chapter 2 Constituting the Crime: White Innocence as an Apparatus of Oppression Chapter 3 'We Have More to Fear than Racism that Announces Itself': Distraction as a Strategy to Oppress Chapter 4 'Only Tired I Was, Was Tired of Giving In': Rosa Parks, Magical Negroes, and the Whitewashing of Black Struggle Chapter 5 Santa Claus Is White and Jesus Is Too: Era(c)ing White Myths for the Health and Well-Being of Our Children Coda Notes Index.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 148 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments; Foreword by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting; Introduction; 1. Good Slave Masters Don't Exist: Lovable Racists and the Crisis of Authorship in Twelve Years a Slave; 2. Constituting the Crime: White Innocence as an Apparatus of Oppression; 3. "We Have More to Fear than Racism that Announces Itself": Distraction as a Strategy to Oppress; 4. "Only Tired I Was, Was Tired of Giving In": Rosa Parks, Magical Negroes, and the Whitewashing of Black Struggle; 5. Santa Claus Is White and Jesus Is Too: Era(c)ing White Myths for the Health and Well-Being of Our Children; Coda; Notes.
Responsibility: David Ikard, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.
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Why do race relations appear to be getting worse instead of better since the election and reelection of the country's first black president? David Ikard speaks directly to us, in the first person, as a professor and father and also as self-described working-class country boy from a small town in North Carolina. His lively account teems with anecdotes--from gritty to elegant, sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes endearing--that show how parasitically white identity is bound up with black identity in America. Ikard thinks critically about the emotional tenacity, political utility, and bankability of willful white blindness in the 21st century. A key to his analytic reflections on race highlights the three tropes of white supremacy which help to perpetuate willful white blindness, tropes that remain alive and well today as cultural buffers which afford whites the luxury of ignoring their racial privilege and the cost that blacks incur as a result of them. The tropes are: lovable racists, magical negroes, and white messiahs. Ikard is definitely reformist: teachers, parents, students, professors can use such tropes to resist the social and psychological dangers presented by seemingly neutral terms and values which in fact wield white normative power.

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