Just us : an American conversation / Claudia Rankine.

By: Rankine, Claudia, 1963- [author.]Material type: TextTextPublisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 2020Description: 342 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781644450215; 1644450216Subject(s): Whites -- Race identity -- United States | African Americans -- Social conditions -- 21st century | United States -- Race relations -- 21st century | United States -- Social conditions -- 21st centuryGenre/Form: Essays. | Essays. | Poetry.DDC classification: 305.896/073 LOC classification: E184.A1 | R338 2020E185.86 | .R34 2020
Contents:
What if -- Liminal spaces I -- Evolution -- Lemonade -- Outstretched -- Daughter -- Notes on the state of whiteness -- Tiki torches -- Study on white male privilege -- Tall -- Social contract -- Violent -- Sound and fury -- Big little lies -- Ethical loneliness -- Liminal spaces II -- José Martí -- Boys will be boys -- Complicit freedoms -- Whitening -- Liminal spaces III.
Summary: "At home and in government, contemporary America finds itself riven by a culture war in which aggression and defensiveness alike are on the rise. It is not alone. In such partisan conditions, how can humans best approach one another across our differences? Taking the study of whiteness and white supremacy as a guiding light, Claudia Rankine explores a series of real encounters with friends and strangers - each disrupting the false comfort of spaces where our public and private lives intersect, like the airport, the theatre, the dinner party and the voting booth - and urges us to enter into the conversations which could offer the only humane pathways through this moment of division. Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, and to breach the silence, guilt and violence that surround whiteness. Brilliantly arranging essays, images and poems along with the voices and rebuttals of others, it counterpoints Rankine's own text with facing-page notes and commentary, and closes with a bravura study of women confronting the political and cultural implications of dyeing their hair blonde."--Publisher's description.
List(s) this item appears in: Best of 2020 Nonfiction/ Elevator Display Downtown | Cover Flow Best of 2020
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"At home and in government, contemporary America finds itself riven by a culture war in which aggression and defensiveness alike are on the rise. It is not alone. In such partisan conditions, how can humans best approach one another across our differences? Taking the study of whiteness and white supremacy as a guiding light, Claudia Rankine explores a series of real encounters with friends and strangers - each disrupting the false comfort of spaces where our public and private lives intersect, like the airport, the theatre, the dinner party and the voting booth - and urges us to enter into the conversations which could offer the only humane pathways through this moment of division. Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, and to breach the silence, guilt and violence that surround whiteness. Brilliantly arranging essays, images and poems along with the voices and rebuttals of others, it counterpoints Rankine's own text with facing-page notes and commentary, and closes with a bravura study of women confronting the political and cultural implications of dyeing their hair blonde."--Publisher's description.

What if -- Liminal spaces I -- Evolution -- Lemonade -- Outstretched -- Daughter -- Notes on the state of whiteness -- Tiki torches -- Study on white male privilege -- Tall -- Social contract -- Violent -- Sound and fury -- Big little lies -- Ethical loneliness -- Liminal spaces II -- José Martí -- Boys will be boys -- Complicit freedoms -- Whitening -- Liminal spaces III.

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