No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies
E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University, the coeditor of Blacktino Queer Performance and Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology, and the author of Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, all also published by Duke University Press.
Following the assertion that the 1960s urban riots are essential to the historical context of black political subjectivity, Kwame Holmes proposes that they must also yield lessons for our understanding of the gender and sexual politics of black social movements. Holmes reconfigures the integration of queer studies within the production of black urban, social, and political history. Basing his analysis on the 1968 riots in the historically black Shaw neighborhood in Washington, D.C., he engages the Metropolitan Police Department’s sexual regulation of black commercial areas, the sexual anxieties spawned by overcrowding in slum housing, and the symbolic work queer black residents performed to mark the neighborhood as in decline. He urges historians of black political and sexual subjectivity to embrace the seeming contradictions inherent within black sexual subjectivity as the starting point for new histories of blackness as manifested within “black politics,” “black activism,” and “black radicalism.”