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Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation Paperback – September 27, 2011
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"[Buck] reminds us that we should remember that everything is composed of light and shadow. Before we attempt to improve schools, we need to understand the impact of change on culture, on deeply ingrained habits and ways of thinking."--Phil Brand, "Washington Times"--Phil Brand "Washington Times "
""Acting White" asks why African American students still lag so far behind their peers in academic achievement and offers a thoughtful and provocative answer to this crucial question."--Stephan Thernstrom, Harvard University
"The best race book of the year."--John McWhorter, "New Republic" blog--John McWhorter"New Republic" (06/03/2010)
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The bulk of this book is concerned with explaining how education came to be associated with "acting white." Throughout most of black history in America, education was highly valued and the charge of "acting white" was mostly made by white racists. Buck's surprising finding: the "acting white" charge is a phenomena that grew out of desegregation. Buck is not, however, criticizing desegregation. On the whole it was a beneficial movement. However, the way desegregation was carried out turned out to be harmful to many in the black community, especially in the south. Black schools were torn down and black teachers and principals were fired or demoted. Students were bussed away from their homes to predominantly white schools where they faced discrimination and viscous harassment.Read more ›
In no way, shape, or form, should it be believed that Buck makes segregation into some golden age that was ruined by integration. Rather, he states that in such difficult times, the African-American communities of the South rallied around education in a way that modern, integrated schools do not. In a way, he states, integration threw the baby out with the bathwater. It is only after we recognize these problems that we can hope to develop solutions to the achievement gap in American education.
This book is a must read for historians, sociologists, educators, community leaders, parents, and policy makers, as failing to learn this history and its unintended consequences only dooms us to repeat it.
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Makes the link between disastrous, yet well-intentioned legislation, and poor performing schools and a dysfunctional societyPublished 3 months ago by W. Dunning
This book is based on a false premise and was clearly written by a white person who never spent much time around black people until after desegregation. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Anon