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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.