Against the Grain

When Whites Try on Blackness

According to Margaret Hunter, growing numbers of white people are “shape shifting into Blackness”: they’re taking on or inhabiting aspects or characteristics of Blackness. Hunter discusses the emergence of three forms of Blackness tried on by whites in the post-civil rights era: cultural Blackness, political Blackness, and intellectual Blackness.

Tamai, Dineen-Wimberly, and Spickard, eds., Shape Shifters: Journeys across Terrains of Race and Identity University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming

Margaret Hunter, Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone Routledge, 2005

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