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
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.