Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: Interrogating Black Identity, Race, and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era
(14) Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: Interrogating Black Identity, Race, and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era - Shannon King, Department of History
Borrowing the title of cultural critic Toure's book of the same name, this course examines black identity, notions of "race," and racism from 1968 to the present. In this seminar students will be introduced to ideas about "race" as a social construction as well as engage and interrogate various forms of identification, including class, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality. We will also delve into the various ways popular culture, notably hip-hop, sports, television, and film simultaneously shape and re-create black identity. Finally, we will address the roles of deindustrialization, neoliberalism, and the prison industrial complex is detrimentally impacting black America.