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Author Fine, Gary Alan, author

Title Whispers on the color line : rumor and race in America / Gary Alan Fine and Patricia A. Turner
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2001]


Description 1 online resource (x, 260 pages : illustrations
Contents 1. Rumor in the Life of America: Riots and Race -- 2. How Rumor Works -- 3. Mercantile Rumor in Black and White -- 4. The Enemy in Washington -- 5. The Wages of Sin: Stories of Sex and Immortality -- 6. On the Road Again: Rumors of Crime and Confrontation -- 7. Cries and Whispers: Race and False Accusations -- 8. Coming Clean
Summary "Whispers on the Color Line focuses on a wide array of tales told in black and white communities across America. Topics run the gamut from alleged governmental conspiracies, possible food tampering, gang violence, and the sex lives of celebrities. Such beliefs travel by word of mouth, in print, and increasingly over the Internet. In many instances these rumors and legends reflect the tenaciousness of racial misunderstanding that continues to frustrate efforts to foster racial harmony, creating separate racialized pools of knowledge." "The authors have spent more than twenty years collecting and analyzing rumors and contemporary legends - from the ever-durable Kentucky Fried Rat cycle to persistent beliefs that athletic footwear manufacturers support white supremacist regimes. In this book, Fine and Turner explain how people find suspicious stories like these plausible. Telling them serves many purposes: to assuage anxieties, entertain friends, increase our sense of control - all without directly proclaiming our own attitudes. The authors consider how these tales reflect attitudes that blacks and whites have about each other and about the world they face. They brilliantly demonstrate how - by transforming unacceptable impulses into a narrative that is claimed to have actually happened - we are able to express the inexpressible."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-250) and index
Subject African Americans -- Folklore
White people -- United States -- Folklore
Urban folklore -- United States
African Americans -- Folklore.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
White people
Urban folklore
African Americans
United States
Genre/Form Urban legends
Urban legends.
Légendes urbaines.
Form Electronic book
Author Turner, Patricia A. (Patricia Ann), 1955-
ISBN 9780520926851