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Out of the Box-Defining My Black Middle-Class Identity

Abstract

This identity performance comments on the scholarship of Nazera Sadiq Wright’s “Black Girls and Representative Citizenship” (2011) that references the creation of conduct books written by American black activists in the late 19th and early 20th century. Conduct books were designed to “regulate” and “protect” black girls against violence caused by poor race relations: particularly their public behavior. I found these concepts analogous to my own identity negotiations in the 21st century as a visible member of an American black military family navigating the range of responses to my “difference”.

Wright, Nazera Sadiq. “Black Girls and Representative Citizenship.” From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances. Eds: Young, Vershawn Ashante and Bridget Harris Tsemo. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011.

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15-3-2013 2:50 PM

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15-3-2013 4:15 PM

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Out of the Box-Defining My Black Middle-Class Identity

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This identity performance comments on the scholarship of Nazera Sadiq Wright’s “Black Girls and Representative Citizenship” (2011) that references the creation of conduct books written by American black activists in the late 19th and early 20th century. Conduct books were designed to “regulate” and “protect” black girls against violence caused by poor race relations: particularly their public behavior. I found these concepts analogous to my own identity negotiations in the 21st century as a visible member of an American black military family navigating the range of responses to my “difference”.

Wright, Nazera Sadiq. “Black Girls and Representative Citizenship.” From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances. Eds: Young, Vershawn Ashante and Bridget Harris Tsemo. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011.