Cover of: Black on White | David R. Roediger

Black on White

Black Writers on What It Means to Be White

1st Pbk. Ed edition

Published by Schocken .
Written in English.

About the Book

In this thought-provoking volume, David R. Roediger has brought together some of the most important black writers throughout history to explore the question: What does it really mean to be white in America?From folktales and slave narratives to contemporary essays, poetry, and fiction, black writers have long been among America's keenest students of white consciousness and white behavior, but until now much of this writing has been ignored. Black on White reverses this trend by presenting the work of more than fifty major figures, including James Baldwin, Derrick Bell, Ralph Ellison, W.E.B. Du Bois, bell hooks, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker to take a closer look at the many meanings of whiteness in our society.Rich in irony, artistry, passion, and common sense, these reflections on what Langston Hughes called "the ways of white folks" illustrate how whiteness as a racial identity derives its meaning not as a biological category but as a social construct designed to uphold racial inequality. Powerful and compelling, Black on White provides a much-needed perspective that is sure to have a major impact on the study of race and race relations in America.From the Trade Paperback edition.

First Sentence

When, for example, the obsession of his race consciousness leaves him, my white friend, Roger Van Dieman (who, I hasten to add, is an abstraction and integration and never existed), is quite companionable; otherwise he is impossible.

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
368
Dimensions
8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
Weight
11.7 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7933785M
ISBN 10
0805211144
ISBN 13
9780805211146
Library Thing
1177119
Goodreads
748812

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