On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley
Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison and Bob Marley each inhabited the shared but contested space at the frontiers of race. Gregory Stephens shows how their interactions with mixed audiences made them key figures in a previously hidden interracial consciousness and culture, and integrative ancestors who can be claimed by more than one 'racial' or national group. Douglass ('something of an Irishman as well as a Negro') was an abolitionist but also a critic of black racialism. Ellison's Invisible Man is a landmark of modernity and black literature which illustrates 'the true interrelatedness of blackness and whiteness'. Marley's allegiance was to 'God's side, who cause me to come from black and white'. His Bible-based Songs of Freedom envisage a world in which black liberation and multiracial redemption co-exist. The lives of these three men illustrate how our notions of 'race' have been constructed out of a repression of the interracial.
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This book had a great impact on my view and understanding of race. We so often confuse race for culture and phenotypes. Stephens lifts up how bi-racial persons expose the fallacy of our racial projections and identifications.
the contemporary rearview mirror
Interraciality in historical context return of the repressed
Frederick Douglass as integrative ancestor the consequences of interracial cocreation
Antagonistic cooperation and redeemable ideals in Douglass July 5 Speech
Douglass interracial marriage as mediatory symbol
Invisible community Ralph Ellisons vision of a multiracial ideal democracy
Bob Marleys Zion a transracial Blackman Redemption
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