Crossing the Color Line
Readings in Black and White
The volume opens with stories by Alice Adams, Toni Cade Bambara, Ellen Douglas, Reynolds Price, Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, and John Williams that focus on misunderstandings created by racial stereotypes and by mislabeling cultural differences. In a second group of stories, Anthony Grooms, Randall Kenan, James Alan McPherson, Toni Morrison, Frances Sherwood, Alice Walker, and Joan Williams examine situations that promote understanding, even when relationships between blacks and whites are complicated by charged issues of politics, religion, class, gender, and sexual orientation.
The final section features recent stories that turn on personal similarities as often as racial differences, but even here the legacy of racism lingers. It tests the emerging friendship of Alyce Miller's women, the professional relationship of David Means's men, the alliances between Clifford Thompson's college students, the romance of Reginald McKnight's interracial couple, and the business venture between Elizabeth Spencer's white woman and black man. Much of the power and poignancy of these recent stories, however, comes from their portrayal of how equal and amiable relationships can cross the color line.
About the Author
"Crossing the Color Line is a must-read if you want to understand race in America. Here is clear proof of fiction's mysterious capacity to elucidate reality, and to heal, avenge, transcend."—Josephine Humphreys, author of Nowhere Else on Earth
Other Titles by Suzanne W. Jones
Other Titles in FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)