Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?



Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? The Classic, Bestselling Book On The Psychology Of Racism Now Fully Revised And Updated Walk Into Any Racially Mixed High School And You Will See Black, White, And Latino Youth Clustered In Their Own Groups Is This Self Segregation A Problem To Address Or A Coping Strategy Beverly Daniel Tatum, A Renowned Authority On The Psychology Of Racism, Argues That Straight Talk About Our Racial Identities Is Essential If We Are Serious About Enabling Communication Across Racial And Ethnic Divides These Topics Have Only Become Urgent As The National Conversation About Race Is Increasingly Acrimonious This Fully Revised Edition Is Essential Reading For Anyone Seeking To Understand The Dynamics Of Race In America An Unusually Sensitive Work About The Racial Barriers That Still Divide Us In So Many Areas Of Life Jonathan Kozol

10 thoughts on “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

  1. says:

    As a caucasion mother of an adopted african american sonthis book was a MUST READ It teaches us how to have effective and constructive conversations about race Recent generations of caucasions have taught their young children to avoid using race to describe other people Unfortunately, all thi...

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    Completely awful Tatum s book is thinly disguised racist propaganda devoid of actual statistics or legitimate quantification of the state of race relations in modern America Worse than that, it does great harm to the ongoing struggle of race relations by crying wolf, mucking up the lines of communication, and creating resentment where none would otherwise exist.Because she won t or can t point to empirical evidence of racism, such as earnings per unit of time worked when adjusted for education Completely awful Tatum s book is thinly disguised racist propaganda devoid of actual statistics or legitimate quantification of the state of race relations in modern America Worse than that, it does great harm to the ongoing struggle of race relations by crying wolf, mucking up the lines of communication, and creating resentment where none would otherwise exist.Because she won t or can t point to empirical evidence of racism, such as earnings per unit of time worked when adjusted for education and occupation, Tatum must fall back on anecdotes that are supposedly damning Two examples will suffice First, she asked a white college girl what her ethnicity was, to which the girl responded, I don t know, normal Admittedly, it s an awkward answer, but it comes from a young woman put on the spot to answer an awkward question Tatum takes this short, impromptu answer and runs with it She decides that this one girl represents what all white people think, that white equals normal Our entire soc...

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    I have learned that a sincere, though imperfect attempt to interrupt the oppression of others is usually better than no attempt at allThis is a really useful book for white people as it lays out the 101 on how racism works and is full of advice for would be allies Tatum explains how and why white people often fail to be good listeners and to do useful ally work, and how we could do better, with very generous empathy S...

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    Think you re not racist THINK AGAIN Hahaha sorry had to write that bc I felt like it was a catchy phrase to get you to read this review ANYWAY this gets 5 stars for content, not writing, but the content is sooooo valuable that it deserves a 5 star rating so everyone will read it At times it might get a little pedantic, BUT if you can put your uber white, privileged, upper middle class ego aside for the duration of this book, you will learn a LOT about WHY THE HECK all the black peole DO s Think you re not racist THINK AGAIN Hahaha sorry had to write that bc I felt like it was a catchy phrase to get you to read this review ANYWAY this gets 5 stars for content, not writing, but the content is sooooo valuable that it deserves a 5 star rating so everyone will read it At times it might get a little pedantic, BUT if you can put your uber white, privileged, upper middle class ego aside for the duration of this book, you will learn a LOT about WHY THE HECK all the black peole DO sit together in the cafeteria Best metaphor for race attitudes I have heard thus far is from this book ...

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    White people This is not a Racism 101 book Don t read it if it s your first, second, or even third book on racism It won t help you You ll feel attacked and guilty, and write a self centered, whiny review about how the author is so reverse racist, and how there s only really one human race, and how you re really just tired of people talk...

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    A useful read When advantaged people claim that since they aren t actively persecuting anyone, they aren t actually on the top of the hierarchy, I want to share Tatum s clear explanations and examples E.g If a person of color is a victim of housing discrimination, the apartment that would otherwise have been rented to that person of color is still available for a White person The White tenant is, knowingly or unknowingly, the beneficiary of racism, a system of advantage based on race The u A useful read When advantaged people cla...

  7. says:

    I was angry pretty much the entire time I was reading this, until the last two chapters about races other than black people, and biracial kids, respectively I want to have a list of both pros and cons, but I might not have been able to see past the red to find any insights in this book So on with the cons 1 By chapter 3, it becomes eviden...

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    3.5 starsThis is an informative book about the racial aspect of identity development I am giving it a mild recommendation because I did not find it life changing But despite being a book about social issues published in 1997 with an updated edition in 2003 , it has maintained relevance It is primarily geared toward parents and teachers, with ...

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    As an important and foundational addition to the conversation of race in America in the last 10 years, Tatum s Why Are All the Black Kids is a balanced mix of research, theory, and personal experiences that is easy to read and extremely accessible.Tatum not only attempts to answer the question of her book but also touches on race issues beyond the black white paradigm Overall, Tatum constantly emphasizes the need for constant dialogue amongst not only white Americans with minorities but am As an important and foundational addition to the conversation of race in America in the last 10 years, Tatum ...

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    I had wanted to read this book since it came out in the late 1990s, because I had often wondered about this very question I grew up in a Boston suburb that was part of the METCO program, a well meaning but poorly executed way of integrating schools by bussing in African American students from Boston I had some friends of color in high school, but thought of them as exceptions to the rule of the METCO kids, who I saw as an angry bunch who mainly kept to themselves AND always sat together in the I had wanted to read this book since it came out in the late 1990s, because I had often wondered about this very question I grew up in a Boston sub...

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