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The Resource Black American refugee : escaping the narcissism of the American Dream, Tiffanie Drayton

Black American refugee : escaping the narcissism of the American Dream, Tiffanie Drayton

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Black American refugee : escaping the narcissism of the American Dream
Title
Black American refugee
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escaping the narcissism of the American Dream
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Tiffanie Drayton
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eng
Summary
"After following her mother to the US at a young age to pursue economic opportunities, one woman must come to terms with the ways in which systematic racism and resultant trauma keep the American Dream inaccessible to Black people. In the early '90s, young Tiffanie Drayton and her siblings left Trinidad and Tobago to join their mother in New Jersey, where she'd been making her way as a domestic worker, eager to give her children a shot at the American Dream. At first, life in the US was idyllic. But chasing good school districts with affordable housing left Tiffanie and her family constantly uprooted--moving from Texas to Florida then back to New Jersey. As Tiffanie came of age in the suburbs, she began to ask questions about the binary Black and white American world. Why were the Black neighborhoods she lived in crime-ridden, and the multicultural ones safe? Why were there so few Black students in advanced classes at school, if there were any advanced classes at all? Why was it so hard for Black families to achieve stability? Why were Black girls treated as something other than worthy? Ultimately, exhausted by the pursuit of a "better life" in America, twenty-year old Tiffanie returns to Tobago. She is suddenly able to enjoy the simple freedom of being Black without fear, and imagines a different future for her own children. But then COVID-19 and widely publicized instances of police brutality bring America front and center again. This time, as an outsider supported by a new community, Tiffanie grieves and rages for Black Americans in a way she couldn't when she was one. An expansion of her New York Times piece of the same name, Black American Refugee examines in depth the intersection of her personal experiences and the broader culture and historical ramifications of American racism and global white supremacy. Through thoughtful introspection and candidness, Tiffanie unravels the complex workings of the people in her life, including herself, centering Black womanhood, and illuminating the toll a lifetime of racism can take. Must Black people search beyond the shores of the "land of the free" to realize emancipation? Or will the voices that propel America's new reckoning welcome all dreamers and dreams to this land?"--
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autobiography
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11040761
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Drayton, Tiffanie
Dewey number
305.896/9729830749
Index
no index present
LC call number
F145.T75
LC item number
D73 2022
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Drayton, Tiffanie
  • Trinidadian Americans
  • Women immigrants
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • Racism against Black people
  • Abused wives
  • Abused wives
  • Return migrants
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escaping the narcissism of the American dream
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Black American refugee : escaping the narcissism of the American Dream, Tiffanie Drayton
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1273929212
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9780593298541
Lccn
2021035786
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1273929212
Label
Black American refugee : escaping the narcissism of the American Dream, Tiffanie Drayton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1273929212
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9780593298541
Lccn
2021035786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1273929212

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