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The Trouble with Post-Blackness

Houston Baker and K. Merinda Simmons


An America in which the color of one’s skin no longer matters would be unprecedented. With the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, that future suddenly seemed possible. Obama’s rise reflects a nation of fluid populations and fortunes, a society in which a biracial individual could be embraced as a leader by all. Yet complicating this vision are shifting demographics, rapid redefinitions of race, and the instant invention of brands, trends, and identities that determine how we think about ourselves and the place of others. This book confronts the premise, advanced by black intellectuals ... More

Keywords: race, Barack Obama, brands, identities, black intellectuals, post-blackness, race science, happiness, liberty, racial exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231169349
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Houston Baker, editor

K. Merinda Simmons, editor

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