Post What? The Liminality of Multi-Racial Identity
AbstractThis article, “Post What? The Liminality of Multi-Racial Identity,” argues that the successes and failures of 21st-century satire reveal the myth of post-raciality while simultaneously dismissing racial essentialism. I focus on three critical moments: the commercial success of Mat Johnson’s Loving Day, a text and forthcoming television show that examines the shifting self-identities of mixed-race individuals; the inability of a potential love interest on the television series, Louie, to accept a black woman as the ex-wife of the titular protagonist’s phenotypically white daughters; and Barack Obama’s self-designation as “black” on the census shortly after his election. I argue that the widespread reach of these instances, coupled with audience engagement and response, underscores the ways that the public realm frames a contemporary understanding of race as both meaningful and absurd. View Full-Text
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Morgan, D.F. Post What? The Liminality of Multi-Racial Identity. Humanities 2016, 5, 46.
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Morgan, Danielle F. 2016. "Post What? The Liminality of Multi-Racial Identity." Humanities 5, no. 2: 46.
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