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Beautiful WastelandThe Rise of Detroit As America's Postindustrial Frontier$
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Rebecca J. Kinney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697564

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697564.001.0001

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It’s Turned into a Race Thing

It’s Turned into a Race Thing

White Innocence and the Old Neighborhood

(p.1) Chapter 1 It’s Turned into a Race Thing
Beautiful Wasteland

Rebecca J. Kinney

University of Minnesota Press

The first chapter examines a twenty-first century location of a public narrative, an Internet discussion board, in order to analyze the narrative of Detroit’s nostalgic past. The past is frequently remembered as not about race, even when there is the benefit of decades of research that shows the relationship between race and place in America. In one particular Internet forum, “I found my old house in Detroit today”, provides a place to study the narrative of a white exodus that is deeply apart of the city’s decline. It reveals the signification of the past as a way to illuminate the continuing significance of race in the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   Detroit, Race, Narrative, White flight, Internet, Internet forum, Media

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