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Assimilation Blues: Black Families In White Communities, Who Succeeds And Why (Contributions in Afro-American & African Studies) Paperback – January 7, 2000


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  • Series: Contributions in Afro-American & African Studies (Book 108)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New edition edition (January 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465083609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465083602
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and dean of Mount Holyoke College as well as a psychologist in private practice. She is the author of“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 1, 2010
Beverly Daniel Tatum is the president of Spelman College, and formerly taught at Westfield State College, UC Santa Barbara, and Mount Holyoke College. She has also written books such as "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity and Can We Talk About Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation.

She begins this 1987 book with the statement, "What does it mean to be a middle-class Black parent living, working and raising children in the midst of a predominantly White Community? Does it mean opportunity, success, the 'American Dream' realized, or is it rootlessness, isolation, and alienation?"

Here are some quotations from the book:

"Almost all of the parents, 16 out of the 20, indicate that it is important for their children to have Black friends. In fact, the mother quoted above, while pointing out that her kids have 1 or 2 Black friends, really bemoans the fact that there have not been more." (Pg. 79)
"Is there anything about Sun Beach that makes life easier or more difficult? The sample respondents are evenly split on this question, some individuals taking both positions simultaneously. The advantages that were cited before are repeated. It's 'pretty,' it's 'safe,' it's '70 degrees year round.' Who would not want to live in a very beautiful, warm, clean, secure physical environment?" (Pg. 99)
"Though the example of Japanese-American acculturation suggest that reduction in group identification and cultural continuity is a possible outcome of residence in predominantly White communities, is it an inevitably unpreventable one?" (Pg. 126)
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