Category: Non-Fiction 6

Strategies to Escape the Eyes of the State

GERVAIS MARSH

Let’s not pretend that only poor people bleach because Uptown Susan looking browner these days too, using dermatologist approved creams to “brighten” her skin. But middle-class Black people build glass houses of respectability and everyone, my Uptown self included, benefits from the cultural production of poor Black people, freely adopting language, style and gestures.

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