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Opting Out: Losing the Potential of America's Young Black Elite Paperback – November 1, 2011


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226040143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226040141
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This important book makes a compelling argument that the continuing presence of racism in US society decisively and negatively affects the careers of some of our most talented black college students. Beasley shows that the racism faced by talented blacks of this generation is qualitatively different than previous ones as she weaves together a history of black social mobility that is often misinterpreted and not well known among educators and policy makers." (Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University and the University of Chicago)"

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Maya A. Beasley is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and a member of the advisory board of the Institute for African Studies at the University of Connecticut.


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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on December 6, 2012
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Beasley said Black college students don't hang with a range of other students. She also said their college majors are not as diverse as white counterparts. They want to go into jobs they deem "to help the Black community" and don't apply for other jobs that create or promote wealth. She compares Black students at Berkeley and Stanford regarding these concerns.

It was hard to digest this book because I exemplified the type of Black student she described. You can tell me that engineers and computer scientists make hand-over-foot money and that never made me think I could survive in those majors. If I could choose between an African-American Studies class and a physics class, I would never even touch the latter. I hate the stereotype that Blacks can't excel in science and math, but I do act as an example of it. When I was in college, it irritated me to no end that minority scholarship books would have info on about 1 million Black engineering scholarships, but not one for Black psych. majors, or Black lit. majors, or Black sociology majors.

Recently I read a book about upper-class Blacks. I forgot the name, but it should be easy for interested readers to find. The author stated of this group they hang with each other, not because of rejections by whites, but because they love and enjoy the company of other Blacks. It makes me proud that my community is "a community of caring." When I hear younger Blacks say they want to work at programs for inner-city youth, I applaud them. I don't tell them, "Skip all that and study nanotechnology!" This reminds me of how some say Blacks would be better off by voting for diverse candidates and thus should support Republicans more.
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