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Our hidden conversations : what Americans really think about race and identity / Michele Norris.

Norris, Michele, (author.).

PEABODY AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST MICHELE NORRIS OFFERS A TRANSFORMATIVE BOOK ON RACE AND IDENTITY IN AMERICA BY UNEARTHING PEOPLE'S MOST INTIMATE THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES THROUGH MORE THAN A DECADE'S WORTH OF WORK AT THE RACE CARD PROJECT. The prompt seemed simple: "Race. Your Story. 6 Words. Please Send." The replies, though, have been challenging and complicated. In the fourteen years since journalist Michele Norris first posed that request, more than half a million people have submitted their stories to The Race Card Project. The stories are shocking in their depth and candor, spanning the full spectrum of race, ethnicity, identity, and class. Even at just six words, they reveal fear, pain, anger, exhaustion, triumph, and sometimes humor. Responses such as: "You're pretty for a Black girl.", "White privilege, enjoy it, earned it.", "Lady, I don't want your purse.", "My ancestors massacred Indians near here.", "Urban living has made me racist.", "I'm only Asian when it's convenient.", "Too Black for Black men's love.", and "Total non-issue when the aliens arrive." Our Hidden Conversations is a unique collection of stories, richly reported essays, and photographs providing a window into America during a tumultuous era bookended by the presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The beauty of this work is in its sweep and unvarnished candor. The breadth of the responses came as a surprise to Norris. Many of the stories were submitted by white respondents and by people of ethnic groups often overlooked in conversations about race. This unexpected panorama of responses across race, class, religion, and geography provides a rare 360-degree view of how Americans see themselves and one another. Our Hidden Conversations offers an honest, if sometimes uncomfortable, conversation about race, permitting us to eavesdrop on deep-seated thoughts, private discussions, and long-submerged memories. It reminds us that in times of great division, honesty, grace, and a willing ear can build a bridge toward understanding and maybe even empathy. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781982154394
  • ISBN: 198215439X
  • Physical Description: lv, 471 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2024.

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Formatted Contents Note:
PROLOGUE: A Magnificent Detour -- INTRODUCTION: Post-Racial? -- 1. BREAD CRUMBS: -- "Birthday Present: You are Black, Sorta?" -- "Mom's secret children, my mixed-race siblings." -- "Focus on me. Not your box." -- 2. HOW IT GREW -- 3. "I WISH HE WAS A GIRL": -- The Photo at the Front Door -- 4. COINS IN THE COUCH: -- "I flourish farming ancient tribal lands" -- "My ancestor's slave's descendant contacted me" -- "Why do you 'play' a slave?" -- 5. MEMORY WARS: -- Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung -- 6: HOW DO YOU DEFINE RACISM?: -- "55 mph means you, Black man" -- 7: "BLACK BABIES COST LESS TO ADOPT": -- "Chinese adoptee with two white moms" -- "Proud father of multi racial children" -- 8: "START WITH KIDS AND MIX WELL": -- "With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone, Thug" -- The Loving Index -- "My daughter's a 'tiggie' (repugnant half-caste)," Korean Kisses -- "Blackcican Spanish Speaker Didn't Teach Kids" -- 9. THE PATTERNS THEMSELVES TELL A STORY: -- "You're Pretty for a..." -- "I'm not the nanny. I'm mom." -- "Yes, I'm tobacco-pickin White trash" -- "White husband became Iranian September 11th" -- 10. SO, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT LYNCHING?: -- "But where are you really from?" -- 11. COLOR ME SURPRISED: -- Shifting Altitudes -- 12. AMERICA: A FREIGHT TRAIN OF A WORD -- EPILOGUE: -- "It matters like it or not" -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- WITH GRADITUDE -- IMAGE CREDITS.
Subject: Race awareness > United States.
White people > Race identity > United States.
African Americans > Race identity.
Hispanic Americans > Race identity.
Asian Americans > Race identity.
Racially mixed people > Race identity > United States.
United States > Race relations.
Social sciences.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 305.8 (Text) 33062009833865 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 02/24/2024
Easton Main Library 305.8 N857o (Text) 31901004766038 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 03/07/2024

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