HERSKOVITS AT THE HEART OF BLACKNESS
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Who has the right to define a culture? When a white, Jewish intellectual named Melville Herskovits asserted in the 1940s that black culture was not pathological, but in fact grounded in deep African roots, he gave vital support to the civil rights movement and signaled the rise of identity politics. But what does it mean that his subjects had little or no say in the academic discourse about them?
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A black man in a brown hoodie looks askance as two white men in lab coats measure his facial features.

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“On each production we’ve had signature foods. For HERSKOVITS it was chocolate — 65 percent cacao at minimum — and Manischewitz matzos.”  
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