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Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading

Kimberly Chabot Davis


Critics often characterize white consumption of African American culture as a form of theft that echoes the fantasies of 1950s-era bohemians, or “White Negroes,” who romanticized black culture as anarchic and sexually potent. This book claims such a view fails to describe the varied politics of racial crossover in the past fifteen years. The book analyzes how white engagement with African American novels, film narratives, and hip-hop can help form anti-racist attitudes that may catalyze social change and racial justice. Though acknowledging past failures to establish cross-racial empathy, the ... More

Keywords: African American culture, black culture, racial crossover, African American novels, film narratives, hip-hop, anti-racism, racial justice, white self-examination, cross-racial empathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038433
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly Chabot Davis, author
Bridgewater State University