Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation

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Representing a cross-section of African-American thought, Nikki Giovanni, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., James McPherson, and Stephen L. Carter address the "lure and loathing" that characterize the experience of black people in white America. 10,000 first printing.

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Gerald Early, a noted essayist and cultural critic, is a professor of English, African, and African American Studies and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of several books, including The Culture of Bruising, which won the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

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Commenting on W.E.B. Du Bois's famous observation that African Americans experience a "double-consciousness" when they approach questions of assimilation, race and identity, 20 black intellectuals here offer thoughtful, provocative and divergent responses. Several attack Du Bois's premise: essayist Stanley Crouch argues for recognition of "the miscegenated national heart," while Afrocentrist Molefi Kete Asante recalls a segregated boyhood that "made my consciousness unitary and holistic." Novelist Kristin Hunter Lattany affirms a "healthy double-consciousness" that includes " 'off-timing'--a mockery of white folks and their madness." Sociologist C. Eric Lincoln suggests that while "the browning of America" will redefine racial reality, it could either render "the notion of Du Boisian dubiety" obsolete, or multiply Du Boisian "fragments of self-consciousness." Others look within their specialties: Yale law professor Stephen Carter argues that "the professional ethic" is neither white nor Eurocentric but American, and Kenneth R. Manning, a professor of rhetoric and of the history of science at MIT, explores how Du Bois's ideas were shaped by racist scientific practices. Early, director of African American studies at George Washington University, provides a sensitive introduction; like most of the contributors, he grounds political arguments in a readily accessible personal narrative.
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