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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 procedure of education?

The resolution, writes Stuart dollar during this frank and punctiliously researched e-book, lies within the complicated historical past of desegregation. even though it arose from noble impulses and used to be to the final advantage of the kingdom, racial desegregation was once frequently carried out in a manner that used to be devastating to black groups. It often destroyed black faculties, lowered the numbers of black principals who might function function types, and made college an odd and uncomfortable surroundings for black teenagers, a spot many considered as quintessentially “white.”

Drawing on learn in schooling, background, and sociology in addition to articles, interviews, and private testimony, dollar unearths the unforeseen results of desegregation and indicates useful options for making racial id a good strength within the classroom.

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