By Nadine Ehlers
Nadine Ehlers examines the structures of blackness and whiteness cultivated within the U.S. imaginary and asks, how do contributors develop into racial matters? She analyzes anti-miscegenation legislation, statutory definitions of race, and the rhetoric surrounding the phenomenon of racial passing to supply serious money owed of racial categorization and norms, the policing of racial habit, and the legislation of racial our bodies as they're underpinned by means of demarcations of sexuality, gender, and sophistication. Ehlers areas the paintings of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler’s account of performativity, and theories of race into dialog to teach how race is a kind of self-discipline, that race is performative, and that every one racial id could be obvious as performative racial passing. She exams those claims via an excavation of the 1925 "racial fraud" case of Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and concludes via contemplating the probabilities for racial service provider, extending Foucault’s later paintings on ethics and "technologies of the self" to discover the potential of racial transformation.