Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation

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Title: Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation
Author: Stuart Buck
ISBN10: 0300123914
ISBN13: 978-0300123913
Publisher: Yale University Press (May 25, 2010)
Language: English
Subcategory: Social Sciences
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Pages: 272 pages
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Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation by Stuart Buck


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Commentators from Bill Cosby to Barack Obama have observed the phenomenon of black schoolchildren accusing studious classmates of “acting white.” How did this contentious phrase, with roots in Jim Crow-era racial discord, become a part of the schoolyard lexicon, and what does it say about the state of racial identity in the American system of education?

The answer, writes Stuart Buck in this frank and thoroughly researched book, lies in the complex history of desegregation. Although it arose from noble impulses and was to the overall benefit of the nation, racial desegegration was often implemented in a way that was devastating to black communities. It frequently destroyed black schools, reduced the numbers of black principals who could serve as role models, and made school a strange and uncomfortable environment for black children, a place many viewed as quintessentially “white.”

Drawing on research in education, history, and sociology as well as articles, interviews, and personal testimony, Buck reveals the unexpected result of desegregation and suggests practical solutions for making racial identification a positive force in the classroom.