Friday, April 8, 2022

Black in White Space

Elijah Anderson, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life (University of Chicago Press, 2022).

In Black in White Space, Anderson brings his immense knowledge and ethnography to bear in this timely study  of the racial barriers that are still firmly entrenched in our society at every class level. He focuses in on symbolic racism, a new form of racism in America caused by the stubbornly powerful stereotype of the ghetto embedded in the white imagination, which subconsciously connects all Black people with crime and poverty regardless of their social or economic position. White people typically avoid Black space, but Black people are required to navigate the “White space” as a condition of their existence. From Philadelphia street-corner conversations to Anderson’s morning jogs through a Cape Cod vacation town, he probes a wealth of experiences to shed new light on how symbolic racism makes all Black people uniquely vulnerable to implicit bias in police stops and racial discrimination in our country. 
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