Monday, January 5th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy welcomes Dr. Baz Dreisinger. Dr. Dreisinger is an Associate Professor in the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her areas of interest include American African-American Studies. She founded and works as Academic Director of John Jay’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correctional Facility. She’s an accomplished journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, music and pop culture for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice and Wall Street Journal. She collaborated on the documentary Hip-Hop Cop – which investigated the New York Police Department’s focus on black hip-hop artists. We’ll discuss her 2008 publication, Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture. She examines a menagerie of books and films to discuss incidents of White people pretending to be or mimicking “black people.” Her theory suggests that Whites see black males as the critical component of black authenticity. We’ll also make time for her review of James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird – McBride is a black male. The book is slated to hit the big screen.
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