Deathworthiness and babyfaceness serve as empirical evidence that perceptions of “cuteness” is a racial construct that could mean life or death for our black brothers, partners, and sons. Teddy bears in bear country, sadly, is the perfect trope for the beastly outcomes derived from the unchecked racial policies of white American culture and jurisprudence.
Much has been made about the president publicly shedding tears in response to the latest spate of horrific gun violence, especially since many of the victims were such small children. Because my scholarship deals with the centrality of cuteness in the shaping of public and institutional policies concerning race, I make a critique about visual culture operating at the very nexus of American public race policy. As a critical race theory, the rhetorics of cute have the power to galvanize the public. I believe the persuasive effects of cuteness are deployed for… Read more Galvanizing Cuteness →
Mike Huckabee says Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain, is “winsome” and George Will considers Cain’s run for office “cute and fun” but nothing to be taken at all seriously. Maybe so… Read more Herman Cain is “Winsome” and “Cute” →
Barack Obama recently celebrated his 50th birthday. Asked how he feels about aging a bit, the president said “I feel real good about 5-0. I’ve got a little greyer since… Read more Still Cute at 50? →