Presentation Title

Racial Consciousness and Racial Solidarity in Paul Beatty's The Sellout

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Edward Pinuelas

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:00 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

Location

15-1823

Session

Humanities 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

This paper discusses the effects of racial consciousness on racial solidarity in Paul Beatty’s novel The Sellout. Depictions of racial and interracial solidarity in The Sellout reveal that profound solidarity can be diverse and is especially significant among those who are oppressed and share struggles, culture, and community. Solidarity in the novel also proves that discrimination of an individual, is not just personal, but rather transcends the individual and becomes a victimization of their whole community. Social and narrative theory supports the idea that racial consciousness increases racial solidarity. It does so by explaining the way solidarity develops among minorities through a 
realization of their disadvantages and victimization in relation to their group’s historical context. In the novel, the characters display an increased sense of solidarity the more aware they become of their disenfranchisement. Beatty places the characters in tough, oppressive, and seemingly outrageous situations that subsequently pushes them to solidarity through a cause. The injustices committed by the systems they are involved with then calls to question how actions and discrimination are related to their historical context, narrative history, and how it affects minorities who experience a higher sense of solidarity.

Summary of research results to be presented

Depictions of racial and interracial solidarity in The Sellout reveal that profound solidarity can be diverse and is especially significant among those who are oppressed and share struggles, culture, and community. Solidarity in the novel also proves that discrimination of an individual, is not just personal, but rather transcends the individual and becomes a victimization of their whole community

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Nov 18th, 2:00 PM Nov 18th, 2:15 PM

Racial Consciousness and Racial Solidarity in Paul Beatty's The Sellout

15-1823

This paper discusses the effects of racial consciousness on racial solidarity in Paul Beatty’s novel The Sellout. Depictions of racial and interracial solidarity in The Sellout reveal that profound solidarity can be diverse and is especially significant among those who are oppressed and share struggles, culture, and community. Solidarity in the novel also proves that discrimination of an individual, is not just personal, but rather transcends the individual and becomes a victimization of their whole community. Social and narrative theory supports the idea that racial consciousness increases racial solidarity. It does so by explaining the way solidarity develops among minorities through a 
realization of their disadvantages and victimization in relation to their group’s historical context. In the novel, the characters display an increased sense of solidarity the more aware they become of their disenfranchisement. Beatty places the characters in tough, oppressive, and seemingly outrageous situations that subsequently pushes them to solidarity through a cause. The injustices committed by the systems they are involved with then calls to question how actions and discrimination are related to their historical context, narrative history, and how it affects minorities who experience a higher sense of solidarity.