Double Consciousness

Double Consciousness

Most white Americans know about the scorn many ghetto youths feel for “acting white” —for studying, for doing well in school, for playing by white rules and meeting the white man’s standards. Most assume it is a passing phase, curable, they assume, by better teachers and brighter prospects. The twenty essays by black intellectuals collected in Lure and Loathing will disabuse white readers of that hopeful assumption. Distinguished academics, top-flight poets, the grand old men and women of black letters, liberal and conservative: all the essayists attest to a deep ambivalence about white America and the choices they have made to attain success by mainstream standards. As Lure and Loathing makes clear, profound doubts about “acting white” are part of being black in America today. No issue could raise graver questions for race relations.

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Wurgraft | University of California Press Lima