Black for a day : white fantasies of race and empathy / Alisha Gaines
- Gaines, Alisha
- Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Introduction : once you go black -- Good niggerhood : Ray Sprigle's Dixie terror -- The missing day : John Howard Griffin and the specter of Joseph Franklin -- A secondhand kind of terror : Grace Halsell and the ironies of empathy -- Empathy TV : family and racial intimacy on Black. White -- Epilogue : the last soul sister.
- "In 1948, journalist Ray Sprigle traded his whiteness to live as a black man for four weeks. A little over a decade later, John Howard Griffin famously 'became' black as well, traveling the American South in search of a certain kind of racial understanding. Contemporary history is littered with the surprisingly complex stories of white people passing as black, and here Alisha Gaines constructs a unique genealogy of 'empathetic racial impersonation' - white liberals walking in the fantasy of black skin under the alibi of cross-racial empathy. At the end of their experiments in 'blackness, ' Gaines argues that these debatably well-meaning white impersonators arrived at little more than false consciousness"--
- 9781469632827 hardcover ; alkaline paper, 1469632829 hardcover ; alkaline paper, 9781469632834 paperback ; alkaline paper, and 1469632837 paperback ; alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-198) and index.
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