Just us An American conversation

Claudia Rankine, 1963-

Book - 2020

"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 interse...ct, 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.

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Subjects
Genres
Essays
Poetry
Published
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
342 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781644450215
Main Author
Claudia Rankine, 1963- (author)
  • 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.