Claudia Rankine - On Whiteness

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20180916

American poet Claudia Rankine explores the ubiquity of dyed blonde hair.

American poet, essayist and playwright Claudia Rankine explores the nature and meaning of whiteness, considering the ubiquity of dyed blonde hair.

Walking around New York, she talks to people about why they dye their hair and asks whether our elevation of blonde hair has any connection to the power and, ultimately, the supremacy of whiteness.

Honey blonde, platinum blonde, gold baby lights, sandy blonde, platinum blonde, white blonde. Although only around 5% of white Americans are naturally blonde, around 3 out of 4 women here colour their hair blonde. But do blonde's really have more fun?

Producer: Jo Wheeler
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

2018091620180922 (R4)

American poet Claudia Rankine explores the ubiquity of dyed blonde hair.

American poet, essayist and playwright Claudia Rankine explores the nature and meaning of whiteness, considering the ubiquity of dyed blonde hair.

Walking around New York, she talks to people about why they dye their hair and asks whether our elevation of blonde hair has any connection to the power and, ultimately, the supremacy of whiteness.

Honey blonde, platinum blonde, gold baby lights, sandy blonde, platinum blonde, white blonde. Although only around 5% of white Americans are naturally blonde, around 3 out of 4 women here colour their hair blonde. But do blonde's really have more fun?

Producer: Jo Wheeler
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.