New PDF release: Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation

By Stuart Buck

Commentators from invoice Cosby to Barack Obama have saw the phenomenon of black schoolchildren accusing studious classmates of “acting white.” How did this contentious word, with roots in Jim Crow-era racial discord, develop into part of the schoolyard lexicon, and what does it say concerning the nation of racial identification within the American method of education?

The solution, writes Stuart greenback during this frank and punctiliously researched booklet, lies within the advanced historical past of desegregation. even though it arose from noble impulses and was once to the final advantage of the state, racial desegregation was once usually carried out in a fashion that used to be devastating to black groups. It often destroyed black colleges, diminished the numbers of black principals who may possibly function function versions, and made university a wierd and uncomfortable setting for black young ones, a spot many seen as quintessentially “white.”

Drawing on study in schooling, historical past, and sociology in addition to articles, interviews, and private testimony, greenback finds the unforeseen results of desegregation and indicates useful options for making racial id a good strength within the classroom.

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