‘White on White/Black on Black’ edited by George Yancy & Foreword by Cornel West

Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in 2005.


White on White/Black on Black is a unique contribution to the philosophy of race. The book explores how fourteen philosophers, seven white and seven black, philosophically understand the dynamics of the process of racialization. Combined, the contributions demonstrate different and similar conceptual trajectories of raced identities that emerge from within and across the racial divide.

Each of the fourteen philosophers, who share a textual space of exploration, name blackness/whiteness, revealing significant political, cultural, and existential aspects of what it means to be black/white. Through the power of naming and theorizing whiteness and blackness, White on White/Black on Black dares to bring clarity and complexity to our understanding of race identity.

Foreword by Cornel West. Contributions by Kal Alston, Molefi Kete Asante, Bettina G. Bergo, Robert Bernasconi, Janine Jones, Chris Cuomo, Clarence Sholé Johnson, John H. McClendon III, Greg Moses, Monique Roelofs, Crispin Sartwell, Anna Stubblefield.

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