Acting White?: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America by Devon W. Carbado, Mitu Gulati

By Devon W. Carbado, Mitu Gulati

What does it suggest to "act black" or "act white"? Is race in simple terms a question of phenotype, or does it come from the inflection of a person's speech, the garments in her closet, how she chooses to spend her time and with whom she chooses to spend it? What does it suggest to be "really" black, and who will get to make that judgment?

In performing White?, prime students of race and the legislation Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati argue that, even with a long time of racial development and the pervasiveness of multicultural rhetoric, racial judgments are frequently established not only on epidermis colour, yet on how anyone conforms to behaviour stereotypically linked to a definite race. particularly, racial minorities are judged on how they "perform" their race. This functionality pervades each element in their lifestyle, no matter if it's the garments they put on, the way in which they sort their hair, the associations with which they associate, their racial politics, the folks they befriend, date or marry, the place they reside, how they communicate, and their outward mannerisms and demeanor. making use of those cues, decision-makers come to a decision no longer easily even if somebody is black however the measure to which he or she is so. hoping on a variety of examples from the place of work, better schooling, and police interactions, the authors exhibit that, for African americans, the prices of "acting black" are excessive, and so are the pressures to "act white." yet, because the authors indicate, "acting white" has bills to boot.

Provocative but by no means doctrinaire, performing White? will boldly problem your assumptions and make you consider racial prejudice from a clean vantage element.

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In the next shots, he is shown sitting at his desk, both poring over his work and leisurely reading the newspaper. He seems comfortable and happy. 1) Subsequently, we see him in a conference room with several other executives, all of whom are white. 1 Dave Chappelle. Source: © Laura Farr/ZUMA/Corbis. indd 21 10/22/2012 9:19:38 PM OUP UNCORRECTED PROOF – FIRST-PROOF, 10/22/12, NEWGEN acting white? 22 conference room, a narrator offers an account of Vernon’s life and relationship to the corporation that introduces and contextualizes the “when keeping it real goes wrong” moment that lies just ahead: Narrator: Vernon Franklin was an exceptional young man.

46 There is also the substantive question of how the professor will frame Terry v. 51 Alternatively, one could focus on all those factors. During such a discussion, the professor might choose to reveal his own encounters with the stop-and-frisk doctrine on the street. 52 Assume also that the student body is overwhelmingly white. If so, the professor might choose not to focus on—or might even ignore—the racial aspects of the case. That approach, from our perspective, would be problematic. 54 Suppose, however, that the professor chooses to address the racial aspects of the case.

All these strategies have costs. To the extent that an employee is overly concerned with negating racial stereotypes, he may take on too much work (to prove that he is not lazy), attend too many social events (to prove that he is “one of the guys”), refuse to ask for help when he needs it (to avoid the impression that he is unqualified), or avoid other racial minorities who might mentor him (to signal that he racially color-blind). In short, an employee who is worried about negating racial stereotypes may end up with more work and fewer resources than his white counterparts.

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