There is no teasing apart what interracial couples think of themselves from what society shows them about themselves. Following on her earlier ground-breaking study of the social worlds of interracial couples, Erica Chito Childs considers the larger context of social messages, conveyed by the media, that inform how we think about love across the color line. Examining a range of media_from movies to music to the web_Fade to Black and White offers an informative and provocative account of how the perception of interracial sexuality as 'deviant' has been transformed in the course of the 20th century and how race relations are understood today.
Erica Chito Childs is associate professor of sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is the author of Navigating Interracial Borders: Black-White Couples and their Social Worlds.
Introduction: Fade to Black and White Chapter 1. Historical Realities and Media Representations of Race and Sexuality Chapter 2. The Prime-Time Color-Line: Interracial Couples and Television Chapter 3. It's a (White) Man's World Chapter 4. When Good Girls Go Bad Chapter 5. Playing the Color-Blind Card: Seeing Black and White in News Media Chapter 6. Multiracial Utopias: Youth, Sports and Music Conclusion