"Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": And Other Conversations about Race

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Basic Books, 2003 - Social Science - 294 pages
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Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see black youth seated together in the cafeteria. Of course, it's not just the black kids sitting together-the white, Latino, Asian Pacific, and, in some regions, American Indian youth are clustered in their own groups, too. The same phenomenon can be observed in college dining halls, faculty lounges, and corporate cafeterias. What is going on here? Is this self-segregation a problem we should try to fix, or a coping strategy we should support? How can we get past our reluctance to talk about racial issues to even discuss it? And what about all the other questions we and our children have about race? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, asserts that we do not know how to talk about our racial differences: Whites are afraid of using the wrong words and being perceived as "racist" while parents of color are afraid of exposing their children to painful racial realities too soon. Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities-whatever they may be-is essential if we are serious about facilitating communication across racial and ethnic divides. We have waited far too long to begin our conversations about race. This remarkable book, infused with great wisdom and humanity, has already helped hundreds of thousands of readers figure out where to start.
  

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Review: "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity

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Review: "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity

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Required reading for educators interested in having honest and open discussions about race. Especially good for those on the beginning end as she takes time to explain terms and directly brings up ... Read full review

Contents

Defining Racism Can we talk?
3
The Complexity of Identity Who am I?
18
The Early Years Is my skin brown because I drink chocolate milk?
31
Identity Development in Adolescence Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?
52
Racial Identity in Adulthood Still a work in progress
75
The Development of White Identity Im not ethnic Im just normal
93
White Identity and Affirmative Action Im in favor of affirmative action except when it comes to my jobs
114
Critical Issues in Latino American Indian and Asian Pacific American Identity Development Theres more than just Black and White you know
131
Embracing a CrossRacial Dialogue We were struggling for the words
193
Continuing the Conversation
207
Getting Started Resources for the Next Step
221
Reader Discussion Guide
235
Notes
243
Bibliography
269
Acknowledgments
283
Index
287

Identity Development in Multiracial Families But dont the children suffer?
167

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About the author (2003)

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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