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Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs

David Ikard


Why do race relations appear to be getting worse instead of better since the election and reelection of the country’s first black president? David Ikard speaks directly to us, in the first person, as a professor and father and also as self-described working-class country boy from a small town in North Carolina. His lively account teems with anecdotes—from gritty to elegant, sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes endearing—that show how parasitically white identity is bound up with black identity in America. Ikard thinks critically about the emotional tenacity, political utility, and banka ... More

Keywords: racism, white nationalism, privilege, normative power, black identity, white identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226492469
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226492773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ikard, author
Vanderbilt University