Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation by Stuart Buck

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, turn into part of the schoolyard lexicon, and what does it say concerning the nation of racial identification within the American approach of education?

The solution, writes Stuart greenback during this frank and carefully researched publication, lies within the complicated historical past of desegregation. even though it arose from noble impulses and was once to the general good thing about the state, racial desegregation used to be usually carried out in a fashion that was once devastating to black groups. It usually destroyed black faculties, lowered the numbers of black principals who may possibly function function types, and made institution a wierd and uncomfortable atmosphere for black little ones, a spot many considered as quintessentially “white.”

Drawing on study in schooling, heritage, and sociology in addition to articles, interviews, and private testimony, dollar finds the unforeseen results of desegregation and indicates sensible recommendations for making racial id a favorable strength within the classroom.

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