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Assimilation Blues: Black Families In White Communities, Who Succeeds And Why

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What does it mean to be Black in a white, middle-class community? Is it the ultimate symbol of success? Or will one pay in isolation, alienation, rootlessness? What price must one pay for paradise? Is the price too high?Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, interviewed Black families in depth to identify the sacrifices and achievements nec ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 7th 2000 by Basic Books (first published 1987)
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This was an interesting read, but a bit clinical for my taste. Tatum clearly constructed this book to read more like a study than as literature, which makes sense given her background as a psychologist and psychology professor. Not my favorite work by her, but also one of her earliest pieces...
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Beverly Daniel Tatum is the president of Spelman College. She is a psychologist and writes on race relations.
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