CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Why the Historian Behind the ‘I Have a Black Friend’ Essay Wants to Reach People Beyond His Classroom

 
Tyler Parry

Tyler D. Parry, associate professor of African American studies

In an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, Tyler D. Parry, associate professor of African American studies, talks about how a simple phrase such as, “I have a black friend” can often be used by those accused of racism to excuse themselves. 

In his July 30 essay for Black Perspectives, “A Brief History of the ‘Black Friend,’” Tyler notes that the phrase dates back to the days of American slavery. Continue reading in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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