White Writer Disguised Himself As a Black Man For Research, Gets Roasted On Social Media

Sam Forster’s “Seven Shoulders: Taxonomizing Racism in Modern America,” has garnered backlash for his research approach.

A Canadian-American writer is getting flamed on social media for disguising himself as a Black man in researching American racism.

In announcing the release of his book, “Seven Shoulders: Taxonomizing Racism in Modern America,”  on Tuesday (May 28), Sam Forster shared his process for gaining a first-hand account of the Black experience.

"Last summer, I disguised myself as a Black man and traveled throughout the United States to document how racism persists in American society," Forster wrote on X (formerly Twitter). 

Screenshot From X

"Writing Seven Shoulders was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done as a journalist. It's out on May 30th,” his post continued.

As expected, many people chimed in and took Forster to task for his interesting research methods.

"Instead of buying this book from a white author who traveled the country in Black face, read and listen to actual Black people about our lived experience," wrote @JanelCubbage. "Profiting off of Black face and racism is nasty work."

Screenshot From X

“Seven Shoulders coming out in 2024 with Sam Forster having to dress up in Blsckface to prove racism exists is wild, when Black Like Me came out 63 YEARS ago and eventually lampooned in a skit “White Like Me” by Eddie Murphy in an all time great Saturday Night Live sketch,” @exavierpope wrote.

Screenshot From X

“Sam Forster doesn't know any Black ppl so he dressed up like what he thought a Black man looks like to see how racist the US is,” @ISASaxonists wrote.” This was his outfit.”

Screenshot From X

“If Sam Forster can do blackface to write a book, I am going to do whiteface to get a good credit score,” @ArmsteadVan added.

“Soul Man a** book,” wrote @MatthewACherry.

Screenshot From X

According to the description of the book, it follows "Six decades after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, award-winning journalist Sam Forster performs a daring transformation in order to taxonomize the various types of racism that persist in modern America. Seven Shoulders is the most important book on American race relations that has ever been written."

“Seven Shoulders: Taxonomizing Racism in Modern America,” will be available on Thursday, May 30.

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.

By clicking Subscribe, you confirm that you have read and agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. You also agree to receive marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers) and other information from BET and the Paramount family of companies. You understand that you can unsubscribe at any time.