Black Success, White Backlash, and the “N-Word Moment”

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Black Success, White Backlash, and the “N-Word Moment”

Elijah Anderson, Yale University 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 12:00 – 2:00 pm PT

Social Science Matrix, 820 Social Science Building, UC Berkeley

***Registration is required***

Lunch refreshments will be served in person. 

Since the end of the Civil Rights Movement, large numbers of Black people have made their way into settings previously occupied only by whites. While many whites supported these changes, many others felt that their own rights were being abrogated by Black inclusion. Moreover, Black prosperity has provoked white resentment that can make life exhausting for people of color—and it has led to the undoing of policies that have nurtured Black advancement.

Elijah Anderson is the Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies at Yale University, and one of the leading urban ethnographers in the United States. His publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner (1978; 2nd ed., 2003); The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life was published by WW Norton in 2011. Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2022. Additionally, Professor Anderson is the recipient of the 2017 Merit Award from the Eastern Sociological Society and three prestigious awards from the American Sociological Association, including the 2013 Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, the 2018 W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, and the 2021 Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Lifetime Achievement. And, he is a Stockholm Prize Laureate in Criminology.

This event is sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Center for Ethnographic Research, Othering and Belonging Institute, Social Science Matrix, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Graduate Program, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Department of Sociology.

For more information about the event, please contact: Barbara Montano at or 510-664-4324.

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Barbara Montano at or 510-664-4324 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.