Whites in Black Towns: Redesigning Race Relations in the Twenty-first Century

Karla Slocum, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and NEH Fellow, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Karla SlocumKarla Slocum2012–2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Scholar, photograph by Jason S. OrdazKarla Slocum2012–2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Scholar, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

In American communities known as “All Black Towns,” residents defined as racially Black sought to rely on one another economically and socially and avoid reliance on Whites in the early–mid twentieth century. Yet, in the twenty-first century, the parameters of this Black solidarity-White avoidance principle are under negotiation as Black Towns chart their path in a context that is post-integration but not post-race. This presentation will address debates about the small yet growing settlement of Whites in the towns as well as a variety of Black Town business ventures linking Whites and Blacks in collaboration, co-existence, or sometimes contestation.

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