Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: Revised Edition

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Basic Books, Jan 17, 2003 - Social Science - 320 pages

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 more 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


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really nice, helpful insights. gives a new perspective on prejudice and racism


Title Page
Defining Racism
The Complexity of Identity
The Early Years
Identity Development in Adolescence
Racial Identity in Adulthood
The Development of White Identity
White Identity and Affirmative Action
Critical Issues in Latino American Indian and Asian Pacific
Identity Development in Multiracial Families
Embracing a CrossRacial Dialogue
Appendix Getting Started Resources for the Next Step

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Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, is president emerita of Spelman College and in 2014 received the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, the highest honor presented by the American Psychological Association. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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