Self-Portrait in Black and White by Thomas Chatterton Williams audiobook

Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

By Thomas Chatterton Williams
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A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics. A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family's multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a "black" father from the segregated South and a "white" mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of "black blood" makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he'd never rigorously reflected on its foundations—but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions. It is not that he has come to believe that he is no longer black or that his kids are white, Williams notes. It is that these categories cannot adequately capture either of them—or anyone else, for that matter. Beautifully written and bound to upset received opinions on race, Self-Portrait in Black and White is an urgent work for our time.

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A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics.

A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family's multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a "black" father from the segregated South and a "white" mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of "black blood" makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he'd never rigorously reflected on its foundations—but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions.

It is not that he has come to believe that he is no longer black or that his kids are white, Williams notes. It is that these categories cannot adequately capture either of them—or anyone else, for that matter. Beautifully written and bound to upset received opinions on race, Self-Portrait in Black and White is an urgent work for our time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A gorgeously written and deeply knowledgeable account of fatherhood, identity, and race. Tender and probing, respectful of intellectual disagreement and of the raw emotions these subjects can stir, it nevertheless proceeds fearlessly and rigorously toward his own original and challenging conclusions.” Phil Klay, New York Times bestselling author
“A provocative philosophical argument about the role of race in human identity….intellectually rigorous, written in fluid prose, and frequently exhilarating.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A standout memoir that digs into vital contemporary questions of race and self-image…[and] succeeds spectacularly.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Thomas Chatterton Williams

Author Bio: Thomas Chatterton Williams

Thomas Chatterton Williams is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Self-Portrait in Black and White and Losing My Cool. He is a 2019 New America Fellow and the recipient of a Berlin Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 4.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English