White Negroes by Lauren Michele Jackson

White Negroes

Exposes the new generation of whiteness thriving at the expense and borrowed ingenuity of black people—and explores how this intensifies racial inequality.American culture loves blackness. From music and fashion to activism and language, black culture constantly achieves worldwide influence. Yet, when it comes to who is allowed to thrive from black hipness, the pioneers are usually left behind as black aesthetics are converted into mainstream s...

Details White Negroes

TitleWhite Negroes
Release DateNov 12th, 2019
PublisherBeacon Press
GenreNonfiction, Race, Writing, Essays, History

Reviews White Negroes

  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWow!! What a great collection of essays. Considering how short this book is, I am honestly so impressed by how thorough and detailed each of these essays are, and how each one of them stands alone and comes full circle by the end of the chapter. By the time I finished and closed the cover, I felt like I had learned so much. Cultural appropriation is one of those terms that tends to put people...
  • Sandra
    Did the people who gave this book one star (and are, unsurprisingly, white) even read it? They leave no reviews, which leads me to believe they didn’t, or they know their opinions of the book are wrong. So I’m rating this book five stars to even things out until I actually get a chance to read it next month. At that point I will update my rating and provide an appropriate review.
  • Monte Price
    I'm honestly not in a place to talk about the themes of this book in any kind of intelligent manner. A lot of the things discussed here have been discussed in various think pieces on various sites and by a plethora of people; plenty of whom are referenced in this collection of essays. I'm calling them a collection of essays though I'm not really sure that's an appropriate term. All of that said, despite a lot of this already being things that I'v...
  • Cat
    Quick read and fascinating book. Very insightful. I recall this subject being discuss back in the '90's. And have always recognized white cultures stealing of music from the black community-that's gone on for decades. When I first learned of this back in the 70's I was pretty appalled that none of the rock stars of the day, who admitted stealing, weren't giving reparations to those black artists.... Every culture borrows from other cultures, that...
  • Maggie Chidester
    Finally have been given the cultural events with sharp insightful dialogue and the educational tools to explain to my peers just how deep the impact of cultural appropriation is. Loved the layout of the book and would read anything this author puts out moving forward.
  • Allison
    I don’t know what I expected going into this book but it was outstanding and so thought provoking. She totally told me about myself as a white woman. Jackson is an incredible writer and I will read whatever she writes in the future.
  • Zoe's Human
    Cultural appropriation is a topic about which I could read endlessly and still not fully understand. For one thing, I'm a bit culturally disconnected—oblivious for the most part to the Twitterverse, the music scene, and filmed media until some major event occurs that transfixes the world (and sometimes even then). For yet another, culture is complex and racism is complex thus cultural appropriation is exponentially so. This collection of essays...
  • Amanda
    I’ve been using cultural appropriation as a controversy to teach my Intro Comp class for the last three semesters, mostly because it doesn’t have any easy answers or easy lines to draw. Jackson knows that, and through some very detailed research she considers the roots of cultural appropriation and the ramifications of those realities. She doesn’t attempt to draw the broad lines that my college freshmen so desperately want drawn, because sh...
  • Kristin
    A smart discussion of white appropriation of black culture.
  • Timothy
    An interesting analysis of the cultural shift and application of African American cultural creations and developments in music, technology and language among other aspects that have significantly influenced the greater American community and specifically to the younger Caucasian American generations born within the last thirty or so years. For those that are interested in the concept of cultural appropriation, this book using different imagery an...
  • Tricia Sean
    This book is amazing in that it was so short, yet managed to thoroughly cover so many area in the essays that pulled together in an amazing manner. I think within the black community we've seen appropriation in this manner FOREVER but we didn't do the research. Lauren Michele Jackson did. The book is more of a 4.5, but I'm rounding it to a 5. Recieved as a goodreads giveaway. What a gift!
  • Aolund
    Jackson’s book of essays is a stylish, incisive, and insightful collection on a labyrinthine topic. In writing about music, art, language, pop stars, chefs, entrepreneurs, memes and more, Jackson performs multiple balancing acts: the book discusses both historic and hyper-modern examples of cultural appropriation in language which hovers pleasantly between academic and informal, and Jackson is unafraid to be funny, earnest, despairing, inspired...
  • Gabrielle
    3.75 stars. This book made me really angry - Black people can't have anything (music, food, culture, even pain) without white people wanting to own it. I sucked my teeth and my blood boiled as Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson provided example upon example about how such culture vultures some white people can be. In part I think this was a critique of cultural appropriation and an indictment of social media. Jackson shows how cultural appropriation has ...
  • Courtney
    It’s a hairstyle. Get over yourself.
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  • Tamara
    I went into reading this book with an open mind. I knew the book was going to be about race and for the most it was but it wasn't just about race. This book was very insightful and shocking. It is heavy book with lots of information and facts/examples. In this book, Ms. Jackson uses examples from the music industry, different time periods and modern day issues to prove her point. This book blew my mind. I will be purchasing this book; it is somet...
  • Shelby Lynne
    "It feels bad to wade in the repercussions of our behavior, it feels good to apologize and disavow and consider oneself exempt moving forward. But being online, being white, being online as a white person, means never being exempt. Antiracist as a noun does not exist. There's only people doing the work, or not. The person genuinely invested in the work doesn't run from discomfort but accepts it as the price of personhood taken for granted."There ...
  • Rosa Sealy
    If Petty Betty had a doctorate degree in throwing shade, it would be this book. Summary: "everybody wanna be a nigga but nobody wanna be a nigga." She even uses this legendary Paul Mooney quote. I wholeheartedly agree with White Negroes but as a black woman, okay so what's next. In other words, water is wet. It's a short book but a long read.
  • chantel nouseforaname
    A quick, interesting and affirming read.I loved this look into the various entities that seek to extrapolate the blackness from black culture and "liberate" *cough, whatever, cough** the culture from blackness after stealing our shit. I love that Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson went into current reference points like the Kardashians and their culture-vulture nature, as well as Rachel Dolezal and her self-hatred/reinvention and the historical ways that...
  • Rachel Stevenson
    This is an informative book that explored various topics of cultural appropriation. Topics include: Black Music, Language and memes, Black Anger and Death and lastly Black Money and businesses. This book doesn't have a strong call to action, but rather a request to be empathetic when using another culture and to if possible provide reparations for benefiting from someone else.
  • Bri
    Full disclosure, to me, this is a book that will take a lot of brain power to read. It's heavy subject matter written like a text book. Fascinating, but not easy to knock out all at once. Worth the read, without a doubt, though.
  • Josephine
    An indispensable voice: cuts through the most complicated and important cultural issues of our time with accessible, entertaining precision.
  • Patricia Ann
    Disappointing. Boring. Gossipy. Unsubstantiated generalizations. Lacking in insight. No differentiation between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. No basis for steps to change. I truly anticipated a book that would be substantive, that would define and differentiate truly painful experiences that we have endured. I found the ever ongoing examples of life with Miley Cyrus (sp.:??) and Christina and Paula Dean to be unendearing and g...
  • Makini
    This was excellent!!! It's like she turned my brains into words and put it on a page. Anyone who writes a criticism of this book via statements like "I'm not convinced," "where is the evidence," or "all culture is shared" is probably doing a lot of appropriating. Jackson gives plenty of evidence (citations run abundant) and she explicitly states that Power defines appropriation. Anyone who is not convinced doesn't really want to be. I especially ...
  • Miguette
    A short book that deals with the subject of cultural appropriation. The author shows that the phrase cultural appropriation goes beyond natural cultural interchange and refers to the practice of profiting off of black intellectual labor, black artistic labor, black linguistic labor, black creativity etc. She defends her points using examples familiar to anyone well versed in current popular culture. She spends a lot of time on her examples and I ...
  • Rebecca
    Interesting, but slightly uneven, collection of essays. Although Jackson is a scholar--and these essays are scholarly in nature--the essays are written in a way that should be accessible to non-scholarly readers interest in this topic. I received a free copy of this book through a Good Reads Give Away.
  • Jbrendan Shaw
    The perfect blend of academic research, public journalism and personal essay. Delightful