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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465060689
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 15,007
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

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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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 30 days ago
To put it mildly.only got it because it was required for class, and its a very painful read that misrepresents facts and demonizes honest hard working americans. word of advice, every time it says someone is using a "code word", it really means that the far left has no answer to very real problems and so they falsely attribute sinister motives to politicians they dont like.This is ridiculous it insinuates that anyone who is concerned about illegal immigration hates mexicans, wanting to reduce crime means you hate blacks, and judging people by the content of their character makes you a white supremicist. This is about as anti-civil rights as it gets! it is rhetoric like this that is destroyinf this nation! If you are too busy attacking strawmen that you cant even engage with the legitimate complaints of half the population how are we supposed to react? this is how you got trump! Hes certainly not tactful but when the other teams has spent the last six decades accussing everyone and their mother of "wacism" even when race isnt even tangentially related to the topic at hand then we arent really left with another choice. Stop dividing people by race! Its. Not. Helping.All you are doing is picking open old scars, not helping us heal.
SaudOmar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Psychologist explains the development of racial identity
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone who wants to come close to understand racial-social injustice, why the topic of racial and ethnic identity is so dense and makes mostly everyone uncomfortable in this country: this is your book. Packed with facts, illustrations; you would feel identify with at least one of the scenario depicted in this book. If you are a teacher, a employer, a parent or simply someone like me who wants to understand and be part of the change; this is your book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book that fairly represents a significant challenge to us as a nation. It was very easy to read and certainly will forever change the way I look at the issue of racism and affirmative action.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A deeply thoughtful and scholarly examination of racial experiences in America. Everyone should read this book.