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At once incendiary and icy mischievous and provocative celebratory and elegiac—here is a deeply felt meditation on race sex and American culture through the prism of the author’s rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both   Born in upper crust black Chicago—her father was for years head of pediatrics at Provident at the time the nation’s oldest black hospital her mother was a socialite—Margo Jefferson has spent most of her life among call them what you will the colored aristocracy the colored elite the blue vein society Since the nineteenth century they have stood apart these inhabitants of Negroland “a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty”   Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments—the civil rights movement the dawn of feminism the fallacy of postracial America—Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions Aware as it is of heart wrenching despair and depression this book is a triumphant paean to the grace of perseverance


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    This is a wonderful book The author's story of the slings and arrows of outrageous racism in a country that is supposed to have overcome it's dreadful past now Obama is a two term president is interesting We hear so little from the African American middle and upper classes Many people from my island where they are kings in their own country go to the US to study or work all of them middle class none of them from ghettos They come back for holidays dressed in sharp suits and 'been to foreign' accents I wonder how it is for them in the racist USA that the author illuminates so wellMy son whose father is Black and upper class cannot identify with this book at all West Indians for all their superficial similarities share very little of modern lives with African Americans You might think that this is because Blacks have had political power in the Caribbean for a very long time and my son comes from a political family but Sir Hilary Beckles says about Barbados that it is as if Whites have allowed Blacks political power but kept control of the economics themselves InterestingI listened to the abridged BBC audio book 125 hours long and was so impressed I bought the hardback It is the history past and recent of the Black upper class I didn't know that one of the first legal slaveholders in the US was a Black person That was something new and surprising It's also killingly awful just how much White privilege is unnoticed by those who possess it and whose unconscious expression of it is often experienced as discrimination by those who don't Unintended racism racism that would never ever be felt let alone expressed and in fact might be denied quite genuinely but racism nonetheless absolutely institutionalised and worse because those who inflict it have no idea at all that they are doing so Rewritten 7 Dec 2019