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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Enlightening

I found this book to be very informative, and very enlightening. It gave me a lot to think about, and I understand issues surrounding race and ethnicity much better now.

posted by Anonymous on July 12, 2006

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4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Very dissapointing. A shallow, biased look on racism

This book really disappointed me. I expected a deep look at racism, since I believe that racism is an awful problem and would like to understand it, but found a very shallow explanation. I found some interesting information, and I understand the sincere desire of the au...
This book really disappointed me. I expected a deep look at racism, since I believe that racism is an awful problem and would like to understand it, but found a very shallow explanation. I found some interesting information, and I understand the sincere desire of the author to change her world in a positive way, but I honestly believe that many of her opinions instead of leading to eliminating racism may lead to accentuate it. Remarks such as ¿all Whites, intentionally or unintentionally, benefit from racism¿, ¿People of color are not racist because they do not systematically benefit from racism¿, and many others, are pathetic. The author fails to acknowledge, or perhaps does not know, that racism exists and has existed for centuries, for millennia, all over the world, whenever the dominant group believes its race is superior to other races, and consequently mistreats the members of such other races. She seems to believe that racism was invented by wicked White Americans. Without examining the real reasons of racism, effective measures against it will very unlikely be found. The author says ¿..in an empowered sense or racial identity (Black people) make clear to others that their racial identity is important to them¿; ¿I can¿t remember the name of one White classmate¿, ¿even mature adults sometimes need to connect with someone who looks like them...¿. How is that good for Black people and not for White people? Using her advices, White people could be proud to surround themselves and their family only with others like them (White), which could be considered, precisely, racism. She should focus more in interesting information such as ¿race is a social construction that has little biological meaning¿, ¿there is no such thing as a ¿pure¿ race. All human populations are ¿mixed¿ populations'. If people do not learn to look beyond the color of the skin, if they are taught to stay with others who look just like them, racism will continue to exist.

posted by Anonymous on March 29, 2004

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Excellent Book!!!

    Some of the previous reviews of this book are based soley on much of the ignorance of the dominate culture in America that is spoken about in the book. There was even one person who gave the book a negative rating and had never read the book. I personally, having read the book, believe that it was truly an enlightening experience. The book attempted to redefine racism in a way that encompassed it's true meaning in totality. The author also did an excellent job of explaining what, from a psychological standpoint, is normal behavior from children, in regards to race, and how we as adults can play a more active role in improving our childrens' psyche when it comes to the area of race. I would recommend this book to any person in the Majority or Minority in America that is looking to break the barriers of inequality and inequity that have for so many years had a paralyzing effect on America's progress.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    Great for a class room decussion

    I recently took a class called African American politics. In this class we were asked to read this book. Each person was then asked to break down a chapter in this book. As each student told about thier chapter our class begin to realize some acts of racism that have gone on noticed. I was shocked to hear about the racism found in Disney movies. This forced our class to open our eyes and lean into a new understanding of the word racism. The question, 'Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafertia?' was answered in a way that justified all forms of racial identity crisis. Dr. Tatum did an excellent job.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    great book white people just dont know how it was like bak then

    I THINK THIS WELL BE A GREAT BOOK FOR BOTH WHITE AND BLACK PEOPLE TO SHOW HOW US BLACK WHERE TREATED BACK THEN AND HOW BAD IT WAS

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2000

    Why aren't all the teachers required to read this book?

    If every teacher working with youth today, had this book on their required reading list, teachers of color included, the face of education would change dramatically!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    It has really helped me in understanding many unspoken norms/beh

    It has really helped me in understanding many unspoken norms/behaviors on the subject of race.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    very insightful!

    I wish this was a must-read for all Middle School kids

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