Whiteness in Crisis: From Thomas Jefferson to Pop Culture

Maria and Julio are joined by Lauren Michele Jackson, a professor at Northwestern University and author of the new book, White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation. They discuss the capitalization of black culture in pop culture, the rebranding of black aesthetics in white women, and the power of hashtag activism. 

ITT Staff Picks

  • Lauren’s piece in The New Yorker about a white man’s creation of virtual supermodel Shudu Gram
  • The Undefeated’s piece on Black rappers appropriating country music
  • Lauren Michele Jackson wants to change how we talk about appropriation, via The Nation

This episode was mixed by Leah Shaw.

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