American Apartheid

Since her book “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” was published last year, Alice Goffman has achieved a measure of fame that is rarely visited on a young sociologist. “On the Run” won attention because of its timely subject matter, the lives of low-income black men and their interactions with the police based on six years of immersive fieldwork. But all that enthusiasm has curdled somewhat, as critics, in published reviews and anonymous online critiques, have debated not just her facts, interpretations and methods, but the fraught politics of privileged white outsiders’ studying minority communities: another story about a white lady come to study young black men, who thought this was a good idea?

Hey white American lady, the USA is your country, color is your citizenship.

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