Blinded by the Whites

Blinded by the Whites : Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America

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The election of Barack Obama gave political currency to the (white) idea that Americans now live in a post-racial society. But the persistence of racial profiling, economic inequality between blacks and whites, disproportionate numbers of black prisoners, and disparities in health and access to healthcare suggest there is more to the story. David H. Ikard addresses these issues in an effort to give voice to the challenges faced by most African Americans and to make legible the shifting discourse of white supremacist ideology-including post-racialism and colorblind politics-that frustrates black self-determination, agency, and empowerment in the 21st century. Ikard tackles these concerns from various perspectives, chief among them black feminism. He argues that all oppressions (of race, gender, class, sexual orientation) intersect and must be confronted to upset the status more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253010969
  • 9780253010964

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Sadly, the issues here are as old as race in America, though Ikard's survey of their contemporary forms is instructive. . . . Recommended. * Choice *show more

About David H. Ikard

David H. Ikard is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Miami and author of Breaking the Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism and (with Martell Lee Teasley) Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America (IUP, 2012). His blog "Nation of Cowards" ( takes up contemporary racial topics and engages a wider intellectual and activist more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Hidden In Plain Sight: What Does Black Empowerment in the Twenty-First Century Look Like? 1. White Supremacy Under Fire: The Unrewarded Perspective in Edward P. Jones's The Known World2. Easier Said than Done: Making Black Feminism Transformative for Black Men3. All Joking Aside: Black Men, Sexual Assault, and Displaced Racial Angst in Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle4. Boys to Men: Getting Personal about Black Manhood, Sexuality, and Empowerment5. Rejecting Goldilocks: The Crisis of Normative White Beauty for Black Girls6. "Stop Making the Rest of Us Look Bad": How Class Matters in the Attacks against the Movie PreciousEpilogue: So What Does It All Mean? NotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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