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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? - 97 edition

by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (ISBN10: 0465091296; ISBN13: 9780465091294)
ISBN13: 978-0465091294
ISBN10: 0465091296

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0465091270
ISBN10: 046509127X

Summary: In "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race, Dr. Tatum provides us with a new way of thinking and talking about race through the lens of racial identity. She explains that all of us have a racial identity and must strive to affirm it. For people of color, the development of a constructive racial identity requires being able to recognize and reject the bombardment of negative stereotypes and to embrac ...show moree a history of resistance and empowerment rather than passive victimization. For Whites, the challenge is to engage in a process of racial identity development which leads to an awareness of White privilege and a determination to actively work against injustice - and this requires the strength to reject a system that rewards them, and to reclaim the legacy of White allies. For many, this is uncharted territory. This book provides a road map for those who want to make the journey and better understand the racial dynamics of their daily lives. Tatum extends her ideas about racial identity development beyond the usual Black-White paradigm to embrace the unique circumstances of Latinos, American Indians, Asians, as well as biracial youth. Also included is a list of resources for further reading as well as a list of books for parents and teachers to recommend to children of all ages. Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities - whatever they may be - is essential if we are serious about facilitating communication across racial and ethnic divides. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a renowned authority on the psychology on racism. She asserts that we do not know how to talk about our racial differences. Whites are afraid of using the wrong words and being perceived as "racist." Parents of color are afraid of exposing their children to painful racial realities too soon. Tatum understands that the vocabulary of race is loaded and that embarrassment and awkwardness often stymie conversations about this subject; yet, she believes that these obstacles can and must be overcome if we are to bring about change. Tatum extends her ideas about racial identity development beyond the usual Black-White paradigm to embrace the unique circumstances of Latinos, American Indians, Asians, as well as biracial youth. Also included is a list of resources for further reading as well as a list of books for parents and teachers to recommend to children of all ages. Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities--whatever they may be--is essential ifwe are serious about facilitating communication across racial and ethnic divides. We have waited far too long to begin our conversations about race. This remarkable book, infused with great wisdom and humanity, tells us where to start. "A valuable book by a fine psychologist who knows how to listen to young people."

--Jonathan Kozol, author ofAmazing Grace
"Tatum shows great depth and sensitivity in this thoughtfully enlightened book about the subtleties of racial interactions in America."
--Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., Harvard Medical School
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Edition/Copyright: 97
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 07/01/1999
International: No

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