White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

Exposes the new generation of whiteness thriving at the expense and borrowed ingenuity of black people—and explores how this intensifies racial inequality.

American culture loves blackness. From music and fashion to activism and language, black culture constantly achieves worldwide influence. Yet, when it comes to who is allowed to thrive from black hipness, the pioneers are usually left behind as black aesthetics are converted into mainstream success—and white profit.

Weaving together narrative, scholarship, and critique, Lauren Michele Jackson reveals why cultural appropriation—something that’s become embedded in our daily lives—deserves serious attention. It is a blueprint for taking wealth and power, and ultimately exacerbates the economic, political, and social inequity that persists in America. She unravels the racial contradictions lurking behind American culture as we know it—from shapeshifting celebrities and memes gone viral to brazen poets, loveable potheads, and faulty political leaders.

An audacious debut, White Negroes brilliantly summons a re-interrogation of Norman Mailer’s infamous 1957 essay of a similar name. It also introduces a bold new voice in Jackson. Piercing, curious, and bursting with pop cultural touchstones, White Negroes is a dispatch in awe of black creativity everywhere and an urgent call for our thoughtful consumption.

Title:White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780807011805
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    White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation Reviews

  • Nenia ? Aspiring Evil Overlord ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWow!! What a great collection of essays. Considering how short this book is, I am honestly so impressed by how thorough and detailed each of the...

  • Sandra

    Did the people who gave this book one star (and are, unsurprisingly, white) even read it? They leave no reviews, which leads me to believe they didn’t, or they know their opinions of the book are wr...

  • Monte Price

    I'm honestly not in a place to talk about the themes of this book in any kind of intelligent manner. A lot of the things discussed here have been discussed in various think pieces on various sites and...

  • Cat

    Quick read and fascinating book. Very insightful. I recall this subject being discuss back in the '90's. And have always recognized white cultures stealing of music from the black community-that's gon...

  • Allison

    I don’t know what I expected going into this book but it was outstanding and so thought provoking. She totally told me about myself as a white woman. Jackson is an incredible writer and I will read ...

  • Maggie Chidester

    Finally have been given the cultural events with sharp insightful dialogue and the educational tools to explain to my peers just how deep the impact of cultural appropriation is. Loved the layout of t...

  • Julie

    "to those who count themselves allies, may these essays make you a little less sure of yourselves"I started following LMJ for her really, really great, like I think I may have learned more from them t...

  • Zoe's Human

    Cultural appropriation is a topic about which I could read endlessly and still not fully understand. For one thing, I'm a bit culturally disconnected—oblivious for the most part to the Twitterverse,...

  • Amanda

    I’ve been using cultural appropriation as a controversy to teach my Intro Comp class for the last three semesters, mostly because it doesn’t have any easy answers or easy lines to draw. Jackson kn...

  • Kristin

    A smart discussion of white appropriation of black culture....