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Self-portrait in black and white : unlearning race / Thomas Chatterton Williams.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Moorhead Public Library 921 WIL (Text) 33500013160304 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393608861
  • ISBN: 0393608867
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
The view from near and far -- Marrying out -- Self-portrait of an ex-black man -- Epilogue: The shape of things to come.
Summary, etc.:
"A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics. A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family's multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a 'black' father from the segregated South and a 'white' mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of 'black blood' makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he'd never rigorously reflected on its foundations -- but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions. 'It is not that I have come to believe that I am no longer black or that my daughter is white,' Williams writes. 'It is that these categories cannot adequately capture either of us.' Beautifully written and bound to upset received opinions on race, Self-Portrait in Black and White is an urgent work for our time"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2
    In his coming-of-age memoir, Losing My Cool (2010), Chatterton-Williams chronicled his youthful battle between the bookish life his parents modeled and the hip-hop culture he saw exalted on BET. The seed for this book grew from his first child's birth; with Marlow's blond curls and blue eyes, would anyone know her father was Black? Her arrival gave him a closer glimpse of the fluidity of racial borders, prompted a self-examination, and led to his rejection of the all-American skin game that demands you select a box and define yourself by it. This resulting memoir is almost the very definition of thought-provoking, asking readers to reconsider race from every angle. (An author's note explains his method for using traditional race-related descriptors mostly in italics or quotes.) Blending in his research and interviews with other scholars and addressing topics like class and 23andme findings, Chatterton-Williams meets his every provocation with searching questions and reasoned thought. And he ends with hope: We can simultaneously resist bigotry and imagine a society that has outgrown the identities it preys on. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Williams, Thomas Chatterton, 1981-
Racially mixed people > United States > Biography.
Racially mixed people > Race identity > United States.
African Americans > Race identity.
Whites > Race identity > United States.
United States > Race relations.
African Americans > Race identity.
Race relations.
Racially mixed people.
Racially mixed people > Race identity.
Whites > Race identity.
United States.
Genre: Biography.

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