Just Us

Just Us

An American Conversation

Book - 2020
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"At home and in government, contemporary America finds itself riven by a culture war in which aggression and defensiveness alike are on the rise. It is not alone. In such partisan conditions, how can humans best approach one another across our differences? Taking the study of whiteness and white supremacy as a guiding light, Claudia Rankine explores a series of real encounters with friends and strangers - each disrupting the false comfort of spaces where our public and private lives intersect, like the airport, the theatre, the dinner party and the voting booth - and urges us to enter into the conversations which could offer the only humane pathways through this moment of division. Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, and to breach the silence, guilt and violence that surround whiteness. Brilliantly arranging essays, images and poems along with the voices and rebuttals of others, it counterpoints Rankine's own text with facing-page notes and commentary, and closes with a bravura study of women confronting the political and cultural implications of dyeing their hair blonde."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2020]
ISBN: 9781644450215
Characteristics: 342 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Jan 26, 2021

I give this book high praise for Rankins look into white supremacy in our society. She is witty, intelligent and creative as she strikes up conversations w/ people to get their opinion on line jumping, invisibility, tiki torches, politics, hair coloring, etc. Her observations and hypotheses are set up by facts and photos. It can really open your eyes to all the ways racism shows its ugly head and continues to persist widely.

Jan 19, 2021

An innovative approach to address the question of whiteness in the USA and to challenge the reader. The book itself is beautiful.

Oct 05, 2020

Rankine takes on our history of systemic racism with her poet’s eye in this series of essays.

A national treasure, she articulates much that is conscious and unconscious in relationships, making me think in ways that nudge me grow and change.


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