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So speaking of books to buy! My grandmother and I are 2021 book release sibs!!! You can now preorder her book!…
Buy my grandmother’s book from @HarvardBooks!…
And while you’re at it, preorder mine too!…
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If you’re a white scholar doing Black studies and acting like your identity isn’t relevant to your subject, you are part of the problem that Black studies was developed to solve
The number of people in the last couple of months who quietly updated their academic bios to hint that they are white ... yo. You should have been talking about your whiteness, openly, clearly.
If you’re going to be white and taking up space in Black studies, sure maybe you have something to offer, but part of what you must offer is an analysis of how whiteness works among scholars, for some and against others, and that means being forthright about who you are
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This points to a larger problem of how “passing” — a word that specifically articulated the Black activity of pretending to be of only European heritage — has been recycled and remixed to reference that activity as if it was something completely different
“Passing” gets discussed now in a variety of contexts with the fundamental assumption that passing, as a historical phenomenon, was easy and identical to actually being born white.

That’s not what the historical record shows at all.
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Excuse me if hearing someone joke about something that the press actually did in 2016 isn’t funny after four years of heightened murder, corruption, concentration camps, and mass death
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