books White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue...and Other Thoughts on Cultural AppropriationAuthor Lauren Michele Jackson – Intimatenights.co.uk
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. 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 of a 4.5, but I m rounding it to a 5 Recieved as a goodreads giveaway What a gift 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 s a given It s how cultures blend and grow But I have never thought it right that anyone should make millions off of thievery It s just wrong Lately, I m also beginning to hear talk of cultural appropriation of tacosthey ve gone global and some folks aren t happy about it Five stars for being well written and well researched Direct, straight to the point and no nonsense, I loved it Thank you Ms Jackson.I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair review. 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. Exposes The New Generation Of Whiteness Thriving At The Expense And Borrowed Ingenuity Of Black People And Explores How This Intensifies Racial InequalityAmerican 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 Success And White Profit Weaving Together Narrative, Scholarship, And Critique, Lauren Michele Jackson Reveals Why Cultural Appropriation Something That S Become Embedded In Our Daily Lives Deserves Serious Attention It Is A Blueprint For Taking Wealth And Power, And Ultimately Exacerbates The Economic, Political, And Social Inequity That Persists In America She Unravels The Racial Contradictions Lurking Behind American Culture As We Know It From Shapeshifting Celebrities And Memes Gone Viral To Brazen Poets, Loveable Potheads, And Faulty Political LeadersAn Audacious Debut, White Negroes Brilliantly Summons A Re Interrogation Of Norman Mailer S Infamous Essay Of A Similar Name It Also Introduces A Bold New Voice In Jackson Piercing, Curious, And Bursting With Pop Cultural Touchstones, White Negroes Is A Dispatch In Awe Of Black Creativity Everywhere And An Urgent Call For Our Thoughtful Consumption 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 and examples illustrating the ever changing aspects of American culture and society, this book is a great educational yet simplified critique and analysis It should be noted that while the book divides this cultural appropriation into distinct categories such as economics, politics, technology, language, music, etc., the book is less than 200 pages meaning the amount of information and examples is somewhat simplified and condensed, but nevertheless worth a second look Well done I received this as part of a Goodreads giveaway. 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 gossipy One would be led to the impression that ALL of their fame, their money came through cultural appropriation and not any underlying talent or other promotional possibilities YUCK I don t even watch any of their shows The lack of true scientific basis was dismaying The reference section was dismaying, if I were to look deeper into it I might find a comic book used as reference sarcasm here The generalizations were astounding to present this as representational of all black culture, of all black peoples, let alone ONLY a problem with black culture wow In all books, I look at WHO is the intended audience It was difficult to determine here It certainly wasn t for us It looks like it was intended for whites that wanted to get on the band wagon of saying how much enlightened they were by reading this book I guess they may have been. 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 black culture has been stolen and reappropriated for the white masses via food, art, style and even activism I loved it because, as much as it was frustrating to read the ways that cultural appropriation has harmed the black community many have tried to erase us from our art and legacy, which will never happen , it was affirming to read what educated and knowledgeable people done been knowing we set the wave EVERYTHING THAT POPS in this society, in the popular world as we know it, was built off black culture We set the trends We are the wave They say imitation is the highest form of flattery and we are icons Nice to see it here, crystallized. 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 don t think it makes a stronger argument, but that might be because I tune out whenever I hear mention of the Kardashians, and there s a lot of mention of Kardashians and their ilk Probably because they most visibly profit from projecting an image not wholly their own one they have appropriated from black trend setters Black avant garde who won t profit, won t be credited and won t be thanked In short the continued exploitation of black people for white profit.Doesn t merit 5 stars because so much barfy pop culture made it a chore and because if this book had been written by a stronger polemicist think Ta Nehisi Coates or Arundhati Roy it would have been great, but it s just rather ranty, well no, not ranty so much as talk show y or blog like. 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.