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The Karma of Brown Folk de Prashad
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The Karma of Brown Folk (edició 2001)

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""How does it feel to be a problem?" asked W. E. B. Du Bois of black Americans in his classic The Souls of Black Folk. A hundred years later, Vijay Prashad asks South Asians "How does it feel to be a solution?" In this kaleidoscopic critique, Prashad looks into the complexities faced by the members of a "model minority," one, he claims, that is consistently deployed as "a weapon in the war against black America."" "On a vast canvas, The Karma of Brown Folk attacks the two pillars of the "model minority" image, that South Asians are both inherently successful and pliant, and analyzes the ways in which U.S. immigration policy and American Orientalism have perpetuated these stereotypes. Prashad challenges the arguments made by Dinesh D'Souza, who heralds South Asian success in the United States, and questions the quiet accommodation to racism made by many South Asians. A look at Deepak Chopra and others who Prashad terms "Godmen" shows us how some South Asians exploit the stereotype of inherent spirituality, much to the chagrin of other South Asians. Tracing the long engagement of American culture with South Asia, Prashad illustrates India's effect on thinkers like Cotton Mather and Henry David Thoreau, Ravi Shankar's influence on John Coltrane, and such essential issues as race versus caste and the connection between antiracism activism and anticolonial resistance."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (més)
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Títol:The Karma of Brown Folk
Autors:Prashad (Autor)
Informació:University of Minnesota Press (2001), Edition: 1st, 272 pages
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i thought i was going to love this book because at first the premise was fascinating - how white supremacy has made black into the worst of the races (for their purposes) and so how other brown folk (specifically for this book the south asians) have allowed positive stereotypes of themselves to be part of the narrative, effectively pitting them against black people, to save themselves from the worst of the racism that they'd otherwise face, and how that helps perpetuate all racism (not that he was faulting them for it). (whew.) but i found most of the book to not be about that, or to be about it peripherally, and to be much to much about numbers or specific examples, and less about theory. there is a giant section basically refuting deepak chopra and his line of thinking and pandering. which makes sense for his thesis but it went on so long it seemed more a personal grudge at some point. i actually ended up skimming most of the book once i got about halfway. even the chapter "on antiblack racism" toward the end, and that i was most looking forward to, wasn't as engaging as i had hoped. but. the thesis is powerful and the beginning where he presents his case is excellent. i won't rate it because maybe i was expecting something that it wasn't, and that's not the author or book's fault. also there's real value here.

"Many folks feel, it seems, that to make positive statements about what they consider to be a race is just fine; racism in this light becomes the use of negative statements about a people. In my mind, the very conceptualization of a people as having discrete qualities is an act of racist thought, whether the resulting statements be charitable or not. ... These are not only statements of admiration. Apart from being condescending, such gestures remind me that I am to be the perpetual solution to what is seen as the crisis of black America. I am to be a weapon in the war against black America. Meanwhile, white America can take its seat, comfortable in its liberal principles, surrounded by state-selected Asians, certain that the culpability for black poverty and oppression must be laid at the door of black America. How does it feel to be a solution?"

"The state may want to be impartial and may indeed see itself as impartial, but it cannot be impartial if the social relations that found it are partial."
  overlycriticalelisa | Jul 27, 2018 |
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""How does it feel to be a problem?" asked W. E. B. Du Bois of black Americans in his classic The Souls of Black Folk. A hundred years later, Vijay Prashad asks South Asians "How does it feel to be a solution?" In this kaleidoscopic critique, Prashad looks into the complexities faced by the members of a "model minority," one, he claims, that is consistently deployed as "a weapon in the war against black America."" "On a vast canvas, The Karma of Brown Folk attacks the two pillars of the "model minority" image, that South Asians are both inherently successful and pliant, and analyzes the ways in which U.S. immigration policy and American Orientalism have perpetuated these stereotypes. Prashad challenges the arguments made by Dinesh D'Souza, who heralds South Asian success in the United States, and questions the quiet accommodation to racism made by many South Asians. A look at Deepak Chopra and others who Prashad terms "Godmen" shows us how some South Asians exploit the stereotype of inherent spirituality, much to the chagrin of other South Asians. Tracing the long engagement of American culture with South Asia, Prashad illustrates India's effect on thinkers like Cotton Mather and Henry David Thoreau, Ravi Shankar's influence on John Coltrane, and such essential issues as race versus caste and the connection between antiracism activism and anticolonial resistance."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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