Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race (Hardcover)

Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race Cover Image
$25.95
On Our Shelves Now at:
Politics and Prose at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
12 on hand, as of Nov 20 1:15pm
Politics and Prose at 70 District Square SW
2 on hand, as of Nov 20 1:31pm
Politics and Prose at Union Market
3 on hand, as of Nov 20 2:40pm

Description


A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family's multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a "black" father from the segregated South and a "white" mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of "black blood" makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he'd never rigorously reflected on its foundations--but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions.

It is not that he has come to believe that he is no longer black or that his kids are white, Williams notes. It is that these categories cannot adequately capture either of them--or anyone else, for that matter. Beautifully written and bound to upset received opinions on race, Self-Portrait in Black and White is an urgent work for our time.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780393608861
ISBN-10: 0393608867
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
Pages: 192
Language: English

Membership Benefits

Membership 
 

 Gift cards can be used online or in-store.

Gift Card