Repositioning Race

Prophetic Research in a Postracial Obama Age

Edited by Sandra L. Barnes, Zandria F. Robinson, and Earl Wright II

Subjects: Sociology, African American Studies, American Culture
Series: SUNY series in African American Studies
Paperback : 9781438450865, 213 pages, January 2015
Hardcover : 9781438450858, 213 pages, May 2014

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Table of contents

Introduction: Repositioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age
Part I. The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Prophetic Race Theory: Cultivating Leadership
1. Race Matters in “Post-Racial” OBAMERICA and How to Climb Out of the Rabbit Hole
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva with Trenita Brookshire Childers
2. Am I My Brother’s and My Sister’s Keeper? W. E. B. Du Bois’s New Talented Tenth
Earl Wright II
3. Blackening Up Critical Whiteness: Dave Chappelle as a Critical Race Theorist
Robert L. Reece
Part II. Daily Experiences and Implications of a Post-Racial Obama Age
4. Race, the Great Recession, and the Foreclosure Crisis: From American Dream to Nightmare
Cedric Herring, Loren Henderson, and Hayward Derrick Horton
5. Black Experiences, White Experiences: Why We Need a Theory of Systemic Racism
Louwanda Evans and Joe Feagin
Part III. Diasporic Black Identities in International Contexts

6. Contextualizing ‘Race’ in the Dominican Republic: Discourses on Whitening, Nationalism, and Anti-Haitianism
Antonio D. Tillis
7. “U. S. Blacks are beautiful but Brazilian Blacks are not racist”: Brazilian Return Migrants’ Perceptions of U. S. and Brazilian Blacks
Tiffany D. Joseph

8. Africa Speaks: The “Place” of Africa in Constructing African American Identity in Museum Exhibits
Derrick R. Brooms

Epilogue: Back to the Future of Race Studies: A New Millennium Du Boisian Mode of Inquiry
List of Contributors

Examines the progress of and obstacles faced by African Americans in twenty-first-century America.


In Repositioning Race, leading African American sociologists assess the current state of race theory, racial discrimination, and research on race in order to chart a path toward a more engaged public scholarship. They contemplate not only the paradoxes of Black freedom but also the paradoxes of equality and progress for the progeny of the civil rights generation in the wake of the election of the first African American US president. Despite the proliferation of ideas about a postracial society, the volume highlights the ways that racial discrimination persists in both the United States and the African Diaspora in the Global South, allowing for unprecedented African American progress in the midst of continuing African American marginalization.

Sandra L. Barnes is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of many books, including The Cost of Being Poor: A Comparative Study of Life in Poor Urban Neighborhoods in Gary, Indiana, also published by SUNY Press, and Live Long and Prosper: How Black Megachurches Address HIV/AIDS and Poverty in the Age of Prosperity Theology. Zandria F. Robinson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis. Earl Wright II is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati.