Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, c2013.
x, 198 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Rethinking race in "post-racial" America
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Prologue: Acting out the racial double bind
Why act white?
Acting like a black woman
Acting like a (white) woman
(Not) acting criminal
Acting within the law
Acting white to help other blacks
Epilogue: Acting beyond black and white.
The authors argue that, in spite of decades of racial progress and the pervasiveness of multicultural rhetoric, racial judgments are often based not just on skin color, but on how a person conforms to behavior stereotypically associated with a certain race. Specifically, racial minorities are judged on how they "perform" their race: the clothes they wear, the way they style their hair, the institutions with which they affiliate, their racial politics, the people they befriend, date or marry, where they live, how they speak, and their outward mannerisms and demeanor.