Dr. Baz Dreisinger visits The Context of White Supremacy. Dr. Dreisinger is an Associate Professor in the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She investigates American and African-American Studies. She founded and serves as Academic Director of John Jay's Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correctional Facility. Dr. Dreisinger is an accomplished journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, music and pop culture for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice and Wall Street Journal. She helped create the documentary feature Hip-Hop Cop - which examines the New York Police Department's focus on black hip-hop artists. We'll explore her 2008 publication, Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture. She examines an array of books and films to discuss incidents of White people pretending to be or mimicking "black people." Her theory suggests that Whites see black males as the critical component of black authenticity. We'll also converse about her review of James McBride's The Good Lord Bird - McBride is a black male. The book is currently being adapted for the silver screen.
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