Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. N.p.: Spiegel & Grau, 2015. Print.

Between the World and Me by Coats provides a first hand look at how racism is dealt with by a black man. The story is essentially a letter written to Coats’ son in an attempt to warn him of the dangers black people—men in particular—are faced with. The book also acts as a new perspective on racism in general ending with the assumption that there is no hope for blacks in America and nothing—not even being educated— can combat.

Strategy: Picking a Fight

Cooper, Brittney. “Guilty of Being Black in a White World: The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown off of a Train Last Weekend.” Saloncom RSS. Salon, 26 Aug. 2015. Web. 23 May 2016.

This is a short article discussing what happens when black women are present in a “white space.” The article goes on to explain a group of friends on a wine tour that were taken into custody for laughing “too loud” on a tour which was primarily white.

Strategy: Ass-kissing

Demirtürk, E. Lâle. “MELUS.” MELUS, vol. 34, no. 4, 2009, pp. 221–222.

This book tries to explore black bodies—both male and female—within a “white gaze.” The main target of the book is to unpack how blacks are perceived in the imagination of whites and to deconstruct the white gaze in order to learn how the white gaze functions in accordance with the lives of black counterparts.

Strategy: Ass-Kissing

Patton, Tracey Owens, and Snyder-Yuly Julie. “Any Four Black Men Will Do: Rape, Race, and the Ultimate Scapegoat.” Journal of Black Studies 37.6 (2007): 859-95. Web.

Patton tries to explain why exactly it is that black men have been so negatively stigmatized. He brings forth examples throughout history of how black men have always been a scapegoat for violence and destruction.

Strategy: Ass-kissing

Rankine, Claudia. Citizen: An American Lyric. N.p.: Graywolf, 2014. Print.

Citizen is a lyric that pushes the common person to rethink their everyday interactions with race. She brings forth several examples from pop culture that shape our collective imagination.

Strategy: Ass-Kissing

Yancy George. “Whiteness and the Return of the Black Body.” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 19, no. 4, 2005, pp. 215–241. New Series,

In this particular book by Yancy he explains what it means to live in a “raced body.” He makes a clear distinction of white professionals making claims of a collective “us” while failing to realize that there are two groups that get folded together—“us” and “them.” Therefore, he claims, one cannot simply umbrella everyone together because it ignores the past implications of white domination over blacks.

Strategy: Piggybacking

2 Comments so far

  1.   tracy on December 5th, 2016

    I have a bunch more possible sources that I want to look at, but this is all I got through reading since some of this material is realllllly dense. I’m currently looking for something directly stated about either of my two primary sources that aren’t just praising the books but looking at it critically. It’s kinda difficult because they’re both fairly new books, but I’m SLOWLY making progress.. thanks guys!

  2.   Krystal Dillon on December 6th, 2016

    I don’t really know what feedback I can give you, because it seems that you are narrowing down your research focus. The sources you mentioned seem really interesting and pertinent to the conversation you are trying to insert yourself into.

    I noticed in your comment that you said you can’t find any reviews of the book that aren’t critical. This reminded me of an article I read in buzzfeed a couple months ago, that critiqued Coate’s preoccupation with black men, which completely disregarded that the black experience encompasses women as well. I know buzzfeed isn’t a “critical source” but she makes really good arguments! I found the article:
    I hope this is helpful!

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