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

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

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

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

by Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Overview

The classic, New York Times-bestselling book on the psychology of racism that shows us how to talk about race in America.

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? How can we get past our reluctance to discuss racial issues?

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 communicating across racial and ethnic divides and pursuing antiracism. 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 dynamics of race and racial inequality in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465060689
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 43,646
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1999ix
Introduction 1997xiii
Part IA Definition of Terms
1Defining Racism "Can we talk?"3
2The Complexity of Identity "Who am I?"18
Part IIUnderstanding Blackness in a White Context
3The Early Years "Is my skin brown because I drink chocolate milk?"31
4Identity Development in Adolescence "Why are all the Black kids sitting Together in the cafeteria?"52
5Racial Identity in Adulthood "Still a work in progress..."75
Part IIIUnderstanding Whiteness in a White Context
6The Development of White Identity "I'm not ethnic, I'm just normal."93
7White Identity and Affirmative Action "I'm in favor of affirmative action except when it comes to my jobs."114
Part IVBeyond Black and White
8Critical Issues in Latino, American Indian, and Asian Pacific American Identity Development "There's more than just Black and White, you know."131
9Identity Development in Multiracial Families "But don't the children suffer?"167
Part VBreaking the Silence
10Embracing a Cross-Racial Dialogue "We were struggling for the words."193
AppendixGetting Started: A Resource Guide207
Notes221
Bibliography245
Acknowledgments259
Index263

What People are Saying About This

Alvin F. Poussaint

"Tatum shows great depth and sensitivity in this thoughtfully enlightened book about the subtleties of racial interactions in America."

Jonathan Kozol

"A valuable book by a fine psychologist who knows how to listen to young people."

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