[Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America]
In chapter 3 of Shifting, Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden breakdown the many ways that black women “shift” in different environments. They explain that black women spend much of their time and energy, daily monitoring themselves and their environments in order to adjust.
In the subsection “Scanning, Surveying, and Scrutinizing,” the authors relate the process of shifting to the scientific method—involving “hypotheses, data collection, and revising theories” (70). They are suggesting that many black women intensely assess their environments in order to adjust/shift.
What aspect of shifting, as described by the authors in this chapter, stood out to you and why? Please provide a page number for your response.