Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

By Thomas Chatterton Williams


Delicately written, refreshing. The book follows Chatterton-Williams’ own experience growing up thinking of himself as a black man in America, and confronting the question of what, if anything, it actually means to be “black”. He makes the case that we should unlearn the fragile construct of distinct, enumerable races; of “black” and “white”, and reflect that these only really tell us about ourselves, and nothing about those we label.