Andy Oram's Reviews > "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity

"Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Beverly Daniel Tatum
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Apr 01, 12

bookshelves: politics
Read in February, 1998

I highly recommend this book to everyone, particularly white people
who think the issues of race relations are straightforward. The book
is quite up-to-date and taught me a lot even though I've worked on
issues of racism and diversity for years. The best part for me was the
description of what it's like to grow up as a racial minority; how a
member of those communities is affected and reacts to the many
messages that become increasingly obvious but of which the majority
population is pretty much ignorant. I don't put as much faith as Tatum
seems to in the ability of talking and educating to change society,
but she really understands the problems of everyday racism.
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