Document Type

Honors Project - Open Access

Abstract

My collection of short stories explores the formation of identity for Black characters while living and working in predominantly-white settings. Suburban neighborhoods, schools, and other supposed “neutral” sites – for example, restaurants, public transportation, and night clubs – can be welcoming, uncomfortable or hostile spaces for people of color when they are the only ones represented in the room. Through topics such as passing, assimilation, and interracial relationships, my project asks how people develop a Black identity in the absence of Blackness and how this absence can both positively and negatively affect later interactions with people of color.

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