Cramer and Raengo’s “Freeing Black Codes: liquid blackness Plays the Jazz Ensemble” (The Black Scholar, Vol 47, No. 3, 2017) #BlackCodeStudies

Cramer, Lauren McLeod, and Alessandra Raengo. “Freeing Black Codes: Liquid Blackness Plays the Jazz Ensemble.” Black Code: Special Issue of The Black Scholar, Edited by Jessica Marie Johnson and Mark Anthony Neal 47, no. 3 (July 3, 2017): 8–21.

“To parse the issue of “black codes,” it may be worth distinguishing between the black codes understood as the antiblack assemblages that have already been written and continue to define encounters with blackness, and the careful iterative work of blackness writing its own commands within its existing constraints, which we will call “black coding.” For liquid blackness, a research group at Georgia State University comprising faculty, graduate students, and alumni that collectively researches blackness and aesthetics, the purpose of this distinction is emphasizing the possibility for blackness to remain in-progress, and thus defy rigid classificatory systems.”


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