- "Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the United States has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shift in its history, what can be called the colorization of America. But the same nation that elected its first Black president on a wave of hope - another four-letter word - is still plunged into endless culture wars. How do Americans see race now? How has that changed - and not changed - over the past half-century? After eras framed by words like 'multicultural' and 'post-racial', do we see each other any more clearly? From the dream of integration to the reality of colorization, Who We Be remixes comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Trayvon Martin, into a powerful, unusual, and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress." -- Book jacket.
Table of Contents:
- Introduction. Seeing America
- Part One: A new culture, 1963-1979. Rainbow power: Morrie Turner and the kids ; After Jericho: the struggle against invisibility ; "The real thing": lifestyling and its discontents ; Every man an artist, every artist a priest: the invention of multiculturalism ; Color theory: race trouble in the avant-garde
- Part Two: Who are we, 1980-1993. The end of the world as we know it: whiteness, the rainbow, and the culture wars ; Unity and reconciliation: the era of identity ; Imagine/ever wanting/to be: the fall of multiculturalism ; All the colors in the world: the mainstreaming of multiculturalism ; We are all multiculturalists now: visions of one America
- Part Three: The colorization of America, 1993-2013. I am I be: identity in post time ; Demographobia: racial fears and colorized futures ; The wave: the hope of a new cultural majority ; Dis/union: the paradox of the post-racial moment ; Who we be: debt, community, and colorization
- Epilogue. Dreaming America.
- Item content: English
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- xii, 403 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- E184.A1 C4425 2014
- 9780312571290 (hardback)
9781466854659 (e-book) [Invalid]
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