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November 2,2013 
Dr. David Ikard 

Author, "Blinded By the Whites:Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America (Blacks in the Diaspora)"; "A Nation of Cowards

About Dr. David Ikard

"Nation of Cowards"

DAVID IKARD, Associate Professor, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002), specializes in twentieth century literature (with a specialty in African American), black feminist criticism, hip hop culture, and black masculinity studies. In 2007 Ikard published his first book, Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism, which reconsiders the role of black men in feminism and identifies intraracial patterns of complicity in dominant modes of power that undermine even the most earnest and informed anti-sexist and anti-racist efforts. Co-authored with Martell Teasley, Ikard's second book Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America,explores the disconnect between the national hype over Barack Obama's historical election to the presidency and the ever-increasing economic distress of the black community that Attorney General Eric Holder broached in his controversial "race speech" in 2008. The third and forthcoming book, Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century considers whether a non-hierarchical strategy of empowerment is even feasible in the twenty-first century given the surge of socioeconomic incentives for African Americans to accommodate the status quo. From a cultural standpoint, it investigates the nuanced ways in which African American writers and artists across various creative media have negotiated this dilemma of incentives over time, paying close attention to "unorthodox" patterns of resistance that typically fall off the radar of intellectual consideration. Ikard is currently working on two book length projects. The first project, Loveable Racists, White Messiahs, and Magical Negroes, explores the tenacity of white redemption narratives and their impact on cultural consciousness and race relations. The second project, The Myth of the Angry Black Man and Other Racial Nonsense, focuses on extant black pathology discourses, spanning from hip hip culture to the academy, and considers the salient ways in which they continue to inform and complicate black self-determination and political agency in the present day.

Professor Ikard is on leave for the 2013-2014 year. Here is serving on the faculty at the University of Miami Department of English.


 

Books

  • Breaking the Silence: Towards a Black Male Feminist Criticism. LSU, 2007.
  • Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America, Indiana UP. (Co-authored with Martell Teasley)
  • Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century, Indiana UP. (forthcoming)

Representative Essays

  • "So Much of What We Know Ain't So," : The Other Gender in Toni Cade Bambara's The Salt Eaters, Obsidian III, (Vol. 4, No. 1 Spring/Summer 2002 p. 76-100)
  • "Love Jones: A Black Male Feminist Critique of Chester Himes If He Hollers, Let Him Go.African American Review,2002.
  • "White Supremacy Under Fire: The Unrewarded Perspective in Edward P. Jones' The Known World." MELUS, fall 2011.
  • "Barack Obama and the Politics of Race: The Myth of Postracism in America," Journal of Black Studies. Co-authored with Martell Teasley. January, 2010.
  • "Ruthless Individuality and the Other(ed) Black Women in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God,CLA Journal. September, 2009.
  • "Feminism and the Streets: Urban Fiction and the Quest for Female Independence in the Era of Transactional Sexuality," in Palimpsest: A Journal On Women, Gender, and the Black International. "Transforming Black Men in Feminism." (forthcoming).
  • Guest Co-Editor with Mark Anthony Neal: Palimpsest: A Journal On Women, Gender, and the Black International."Transforming Black Men in Feminism" (forthcoming).
  • "Easier Said Than Done: Making Black Feminism Transformative for Black Men" in Palimpsest: A Journal On Women, Gender, and the Black International. "Transforming Black Men in Feminism" (forthcoming).
  • "Who Speaks For Precious? : A Black Feminist Analysis". Special Issue on Feminism in African and Black Diaspora Journal. (forthcoming).
  • "Can We Talk?: The Tenacity of Hyper-Masculinity and Why It Hurts Us All." Special Issue on Black Sexuality inPalimpsest: A Journal On Women, Gender, and the Black International. (forthcoming)

Honors and Awards

  • University Mentoring Award Nominee, 2012
  • University Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, 2009,2010
  • Innovative Teaching Grant, 2006
  • Chancellor's Research Award, 2004
  • Research Incentive Grant, 2004
  • Gier Diversity Incentive Grant, 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007

 



About "Blinded By the Whites" 
The election of Barack Obama gave political currency to the (white) idea that Americans now live in a post-racial society. But the persistence of racial profiling, economic inequality between blacks and whites, disproportionate numbers of black prisoners, and disparities in health and access to healthcare suggest there is more to the story. David H. Ikard addresses these issues in an effort to give voice to the challenges faced by most African Americans and to make legible the shifting discourse of white supremacist ideology--including post-racialism and colorblind politics--that frustrates black self-determination, agency, and empowerment in the 21st century. Ikard tackles these concerns from various perspectives, chief among them black feminism. He argues that all oppressions (of race, gender, class, sexual orientation) intersect and must be confronted to upset the status quo.

Dr. David Ikardis an associate professor of African American Literature at Florida State University. His research interests include black gender studies, cultural criticism, hip hop culture, and post-racial politics. His book, Breaking the Silence: Toward A Black Male Feminist Criticism (2007), considers the role of black men in black feminist politics via the lens of African American Literature and theory. Co-authored with social work scholar Martell Teasley, his forthcoming book out of Indiana University Press, Nation of Cowards: What It Means to be Black in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America, explores the disconnect between the national hype over Barack Obama's historical election to the presidency and the ever-increasing economic distress of the black community that Attorney General Eric Holder broached in his controversial "race speech" in 2008.

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