Shifting

Free ↠ Shifting  By Charisse Jones – Johndore.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Shifting
  • Charisse Jones
  • English
  • 10 October 2017
  • 0060090553

About the Author: Charisse Jones

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Shifting Based On The African American Women S Voices Project, Shifting Reveals That A Large Number Of African American Women Feel Pressure To Com Promise Their True Selves As They Navigate America S Racial And Gender Bigotry Black Women Shift By Altering The Expectations They Have For Themselves Or Their Outer Appearance They Modify Their Speech They Shift White As They Head To Work In The Morning And Black As They Come Back Home Each Night They Shift Inward, Internalizing The Searing Pain Of The Negative Stereotypes That They Encounter Daily And Sometimes They Shift By Fighting BackWith Deeply Moving Interviews, Poignantly Revealed On Each Page, Shifting Is A Much Needed, Clear, And Comprehensive Portrait Of The Reality Of African American Women S Lives Today

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10 thoughts on “Shifting

  1. Kimberly says:

    Wow.That s all I can say after reading this book.If you ve ever received the compliment Wow, you speak so well or Wow, you re so smart with an unspoken trail off at the end of the sentence, this book is for you If you ve ever spoken to someone on the phone and then met them in person, only to have them say in passing When I talked to you, I thought you were White This book is for you.If you ve cringed at the hyper sexualization of thin, Black females, the once a Black male Wow.That s all I can say after reading this book.If you ve ever received the compliment Wow, you speak so well or Wow, you re so smart with an unspoken trail off at the end of the sentence, this book is for you If you ve ever spoken to someone on the phone and then met them in person, only to have them say in passing When I talked to you, I thought you were White This book is for you.If you ve cringed at the hyper sexualization of thin, Black females, the once a Black male makes over a million dollars, he gets a blond White girl and know what Black Man s Kyrptonite means, this book is for you.If you ve ever thought about having a Strong Black Family , but the only men that approach you within your social economic group and education background are White men, this book is for you This is not a light hearted look into what it means to be African American and female in this modern world This is a hard, educated look into the modern African American educated culture, the plight of the educated Black Woman, our relationships with the men in our racial group and how we relate to the outside world I read this book during February, complementing Black History Month I must say, I have never beenhyper aware of my skin color in my whole life Additionally, this book pushed my political views on issues regarding natural vs relaxed hair, skin color and weight It illuminated me on the inner race racism and backbiting with Black females as we shift to look better to members of Other Races As a person that has experienced an older, Black woman s disgust at my non straight weaved hair, not anorexic, not attempting to pass to be White personality, I know first hand that this is a problem within our culture It s time people stop the inner racial self hate, face their anger, and stop trying to mask their skin color We were born Black And, unless you have Vitalago, we will die marking that box under race that we ve done all our lives This book puts a voice to that indescribable feeling that many of my fellow college educated Black female friends have had to face.It s not a book on HOW to pass It s a book on how we unconsciously pass, dancing around interacting with different people from different races with the burden of setting an example If you are African American, educated, and motivated towards an intelligent and thought provoking life, READ THIS BOOK

  2. Desiree says:

    While reading this I realized I picked the wrong time to delve into the subject matter and it was quite unintentional I had borrowed it from the library and it was fast approaching the return date so I had to get a move on and read it Now why do I say wrong time I say this because with all the negativity, bigotry entitlement that is running rampant this book only served as a reminder and an emphatic confirmation of what African American women have to endure while navigating life in thes While reading this I realized I picked the wrong time to delve into the subject matter and it was quite unintentional I had borrowed it from the library and it was fast approaching the return date so I had to get a move on and read it Now why do I say wrong time I say this because with all the negativity, bigotry entitlement that is running rampant this book only served as a reminder and an emphatic confirmation of what African American women have to endure while navigating life in these here United States I found myself nodding a lot and just downright frustrated with example upon example of injustices and biases against black women I also started to wonderabout the term shifting I understand what the authors were trying to convey in that black women have to take on certain identities in certain settings but my question is don t we all do that in some form regardless of race or gender in different environments Everyone has to code switch in some way or the other so sometimes I thought the term shifting to be slightly problematic.On the whole, though I wouldn t exactly regard this as informative for me as it servedas confirmation, it was definitely helpful to have this information collated

  3. Koko Lewis says:

    Great information, but no solutions to the issues we face It is based off a study so it is a long hard read I definitely saw myself or someone I knew inthan a few stories.

  4. Izetta Autumn says:

    Given the recent torture and sexual assault of Megan Williams, a 20 year old West Virginian who was held captive for several days, while she was repeatedly raped and beaten, and the Dunbar Housing Project sexual assault, I feel it s vitally important to read about the lives of Black Women and all womyn in America especially as so many of us face violence For me, reading is about good books but also books that equip me with the ability to live afull and aware life.Check out Given the recent torture and sexual assault of Megan Williams, a 20 year old West Virginian who was held captive for several days, while she was repeatedly raped and beaten, and the Dunbar Housing Project sexual assault, I feel it s vitally important to read about the lives of Black Women and all womyn in America especially as so many of us face violence For me, reading is about good books but also books that equip me with the ability to live afull and aware life.Check out articles re Megan Williams and the Dunbar Housing Project crimes

  5. Kelli says:

    The life and times of black women in America having to endure dual isms against women and African Americans.

  6. CKE387 says:

    Deals with the duality of being black and female, encountering problems that neither black men nor white women face or coud emphatize with.

  7. Kibkabe says:

    Shifting The Double Lives of Black Women in America is an eye opening nonfiction book supported by countless interviews and a major study along with references to other studies that shows how black women shift change themselves in one or several ways to appease white America and return to their true selves in black America and the dangerous effects of those actions The book brought up shifting in various ways, and though it became a somewhat traumatic read realizing the racism weaved i Shifting The Double Lives of Black Women in America is an eye opening nonfiction book supported by countless interviews and a major study along with references to other studies that shows how black women shift change themselves in one or several ways to appease white America and return to their true selves in black America and the dangerous effects of those actions The book brought up shifting in various ways, and though it became a somewhat traumatic read realizing the racism weaved into my life, it is a thoroughly investigated book that strikes a chord.The chapters focus on so many issues such as black women dealing with the myths of promiscuity and criminality, depression from racism in the workplace and classroom, relationships with black men as friends and lovers, etc The book is dotted with snapshot stories of women describing how institutionalized racism and sexism have affected their lives and how they live with those effects For example, several of the women straightened their hair to abide by the European beauty standard to keep their jobs while others experienced sexual harassment by black and non black men and felt they couldn t speak up because they d lose their jobs due to race The one section I thought was lacking was the religion section on how African American women are mostly Christian and deal with sexism in the black church Except not all African Americans are divided into the two black church systems in America African Methodist Episcopal and Baptist The authors acknowledge this yet only focus on it In the notes, 87% of the women who answered the surveys said they were Christian My African American mother is Muslim, so from that perspective, I know there are other religions we practice largely ignored in black media These surveys should ve been mailed to the religious groups dedicated to African American women such as those who practice Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Baha i, etc These women appeared ignored by the study simply from the authors assumptions that African Americans are primarily Christian when in actuality it might not be the truth if these other groups were included Also the book focused on African American women, but other black women see these issues and that perspective may also have been missing As a black woman who s half first generation American through my refugee father, I know this perspective as well is ignored by black media with the assumption that black people from Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia don t understand racism as they live in America or don t see or feel it From the title, it says Black Women in America but seems to only focus on African American women, so this could be misleading Again in the notes, 4% of women said they were born outside the U.S., but it s not explained if these are black women originally from another country or black women who had American parentage Though the book is almost 15 years old, the issues still resonate today evenso with the MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and post Trump women s movements

  8. Gail says:

    This book is based on a research project, The African American Women s Voices Project One author is a psychologist, the other a journalist A wide demographic is included in the study but the book also cites other authors and research to document the results they found The book explores nearly every aspect of a black woman s life work, school, intimate relationships especially between black men and women , depression, health, parenting, beauty, language, and the church The concept behind th This book is based on a research project, The African American Women s Voices Project One author is a psychologist, the other a journalist A wide demographic is included in the study but the book also cites other authors and research to document the results they found The book explores nearly every aspect of a black woman s life work, school, intimate relationships especially between black men and women , depression, health, parenting, beauty, language, and the church The concept behind the title is that in American society, black women have to shift psychologically and in other concrete ways how they speak, how they dress, to whom they defer, for example in order to survive racism and sexism Shifting requires an ability to move in and out of various identities and the expected behaviors that accompany them based on the audience of the moment The toll that shifting takes can be enormous.I thought this book was especially skillful at showing how issues that are common to all women can be particularly burdensome to black women because of their race and the cultural expectations that black women are subjected to The topic of sexism in black culture is addressed as well, especially in the sections on relationships between black men and women and the place that women must accept within the black church The breadth of this book along with the research that forms the foundation, make this a great book for exploring the challenges of being a black woman today This is suitable for both black and white women who want to understandabout what it means to be a black women in America at this point in our history

  9. Maya Reid says:

    I m sure this work was groundbreaking when it came out, but it felt fairly dated and gender essentialist heteronormative now I d love to see someone take on a similar project with amodern mindset.

  10. BMR, MSW, LSW says:

    I cannot articulate how deeply this book affected me.If there were a freshman survey course about me at a university, this would be the first book on the syllabus.I have so much to unpack and think about after finishing this book I d say 60 percent of the stories resonated with me at such a deep level, it was like reading a narrative of my life so far The other 40 percent of stories I recognized in the lives of other Black women I know.I don t buy many books any, but I am buying this one.I I cannot articulate how deeply this book affected me.If there were a freshman survey course about me at a university, this would be the first book on the syllabus.I have so much to unpack and think about after finishing this book I d say 60 percent of the stories resonated with me at such a deep level, it was like reading a narrative of my life so far The other 40 percent of stories I recognized in the lives of other Black women I know.I don t buy many books any, but I am buying this one.I d love to read a similar book about the lives of other demographics of women and men, for that matter that are similarly disenfranchised by our society.I very much hope an update to this book is in process, or at least in consideration