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

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Basic Books, Dec 27, 2002 - Social Science - 298 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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Tatum is a generous and steady writer on an emotional and divisive issue. She made sense of the racial issues plaguing our country and wrote encouragingly on how to address them. I highly recommend ... Read full review

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

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Really wish I'd read this in high school! I appreciate Dr. Tatum's willingness to share her own experiences and the skill with which she makes this text as compelling as possible for a lay reader to ... Read full review


A System of Advantage Based on Race
For Whites Only?
The Cost of Racism
A Word About Language
Who Am I? Multiple Identities
Domination and Subordination
Preschool Conversations
Blackness Whiteness and Painful History
Familism in Latino Communities
Who Are You if You Dont Speak Spanish? Language and Identity Among Latinos
What Do We Mean When We Say Indian ?
Surviving the Losses
Contemporary Images of American Indians in the Curriculum
What Do We Mean When We Say Asian?
Beyond the Myth of the Model Minority
Finding a Voice

A Question of Color
Developing a Critical Consciousness
Understanding Racial Identity Development
Developing an Oppositional Identity
Oppositional Identity Development and Academic Achievement
The Search for Alternative Images
Not at the Table
An Alternative to the Cafeteria Table
Not for College Students Only
Cycles of Racial Identity Development
The Corporate Cafeteria
Abandoning Racism
But Im an Individual
Defining a Positive White Identity
The Search for White Allies and the Restoration of Hope
What Is Affirmative Action?
Aversive Racism and Affirmative Action
A Case Example
GoalOriented Affirmative Action
White Disadvantage Revisited
What Do We Mean When We Say Latino?
Racial Formation and Racial Identity
Racial Categorization in the United States
But Dont the Children Suffer?
The Preschool Years
Entry into School
Making Choices
The College and Adult Years
Identity in Adoptive Families Considered
The Paralysis of Fear
The Psychological Cost of Silence
Finding Courage for Social Change
Resources Dealing with Contemporary Racism
Resources Providing a Historical Perspective
What We Can Do About It? Resources for Taking Action
Resource Guides Especially for Educators
A Selected Guide for Parents
Books for Young Adults 6th Grade and Up
Collections of Short Stories for Older Readers
About the Author
For Discussion

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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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