This book was chosen by an African-American female member of my reading group and I'm so glad she chose it for our co-ed, multi-cultural group. It's a real eye-opener to understanding the many facets of racism, why it exists, how its been perpetuated and how to break the cycle. Through this book I (white, middle-class, female) learned how ignorant I am on the subject of racisim even though I previously thought I was quite evolved. I now believe my ignorance was purposely forced through the omission of other cultures and races in my education. Although I remember having Black classmates as far back as kindergarten, we were never taught about Black history beyond slavery. I'm looking forward to my group's discussion of this book (especially after President Elect Obama's victory!) and Tatum provides a guide to discussing such an emotionally charged topic.
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A very intriguing book about identity and the role race, privilege, and culture play in developing that identity. The author uses a lot of anecdotes and studies to make her points.
I thought the book could have been organized better and the sections on Asian and Latino issues fleshed out more, but overall this is a really eye-opening book.
Bebe M. reviewed Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race on + 2 more book reviews
Dr. Tatum reveals the hard, brutal, daunting, but honest reality that many Persons of Color (POC) throughout the United States face when it comes to our dialogue about race relations.
She not only details ways that we can all incorporate anti-racist practices in our daily lives; she also details with empirical experiences of day to day micro-aggression and racist behaviors that she faced and continues to face as a POC in academia and sadly many times we fail to observe our racist/ sexist behaviors until it is addressed by someone else.
This book is a must read for everyone. It isn't a "black book", it a book written by an intelligent, honest, and frustrated psychologist, scholar, and feminist on Racial Identity.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
"In 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?' And Other Conversations About Race, Dr. Tatum provides us with a new way of thinking and talking about race through the lens of racial identity. She explains that all of us have a racial identity and must strive to affirm it. For people of color, the development of a constructive racial identity requires being able to recognize and reject the bombardment of negative stereotypes and to embrace a history of resistance and empowerment rather than passive victimization. For Whites, the challenge is to engage in a process of racial identity development which leads to an awareness of White privilege and a determination to actively work against injustice - and this requires the strength to reject a system that rewards them, and to reclaim the legacy of White allies. For many, this is uncharted territory. This book provides a road map for those who want to make the journey and better understand the racial dynamics of their daily lives. Tatum extends her ideas about racial identity development beyond the usual Black-White paradigm to embrace the unique circumstances of Latinos, American Indians, Asians, as well as biracial youth. Also included is a list of resources for further reading as well as a list of books for parents and teachers to recommend to children of all ages. Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities - whatever they may be - is essential if we are serious about facilitating communication across racial and ethnic divides."