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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race 5th Anniv., Revised Edition
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The main strength of the book, to me, is in fact the redefinition of racism. You don't have to agree with it, but you do now need to examine whether a "system of advantage" exists and if it does, whether it should be included in the definition of racism. I am neither white nor black, so I cannot speak of black/white issues in first-person. But I come from a family with four generations of academics. The system of school, academia, and education benefits me greatly, and I suit the system particularly through my upbringing. By analogy, I am open to the idea that past explicit systems of racial inequality do not lose its effect in a mere generation or two, especially for the black race. (Sorry to be imprudent, but Comedian Louis C.K. had this great line about, "White people want to add 100 years to every year it has been since slavery.Read more ›
Because Tatum herself is a black woman, she predominantly addresses the identity development of black individuals. She cites psychologist William Cross in describing the stages of development: pre-encounter, when young children simply absorb the messages they receive from those around them, not yet having reason to question them; encounter, when an individual first becomes aware of racism through some "event or series of events that force the young person to acknowledge [its] personal impact" (55); immersion/emersion, when the individual works actively to learn about and affirm their own racial identity; and internalization/commitment, when the individual has established a positive personal identity for him/herself. Throughout, Tatum offers explanations for the behaviors many black adolescents may engage in which may puzzle their white counterparts, including the reason for student self-segregation along racial lines.Read more ›
However, Dr. Tatum has masterfully tackled a controversial topic, explained it in a perfect blend of academic and common-sense language, and put forth a pro-active plan for thinking which is innovative and exciting.
This book starts us from the beginning by deconstructing the very ideas of "white" and "black," and by discussing the terminology itself. From there, she begins to talk about social models of behavior and more complex ideas, but she never loses the "essential" nature of her subject.
Dr. Tatum's book is perfect for anyone who ever plans to have children or who works with them, because it deals with the effects that race relations have on kids. This under-studied field is, in my opinion, one of the most important because it is children who are harmed the most by polarized race relationships. Dr. Tatum discusses tools for dealing with children throughout the book, citing practical examples and giving the reader a place to go from the last page of the book into real life application.
In a perfect world, this book would be required reading for all Americans and should be assigned to every high school student in this country. I don't remember the last time I was as moved by a book and I can't wait for her next one! Thank you, thank you, thank you Dr. Tatum! Each of us who is ready to take a look inside ourselves and be completely honest about our own biases needs to read this book! It will make us better Americans, better humans and better friends.
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This book is in fantastic condition and I got it at such a great price. My bookstore charged five times as much for the same book and the quality of this one is basically like... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Nate Fuller
I don't suppose the answer to the title's question could be BECAUSE THEY ARE RACISTS?Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Haven't read the book but if the title is any indication of Dr. Tatum's thesis statement in the book it must be educational. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Antoine Mason
Great book everyone should read. Used to get two masters degrees. Keeping them as they have valuable info that I can use in my profession.Published 27 days ago by Big Will
Incredibly clear and patient in explaining issues of racism and racial identity, with particular reference to what it means for both blacks and whites to live in white-majority... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul T. Corrigan
This is my new favorite book! So amazing! This is a must read for those of all races! It gives you beautiful insight into the lives of African Americans and why things are the way... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashley
Dr. Tatum does a wonderful job of discussing the structures that perpetuate institutionalized racism and positions of privilege and power. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer