why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria

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Racial Identity In Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s bestselling book, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” , Tatum advocates that, “our self-perceptions are shaped by the messages that we receive from those around us.” (p. 53.) In her book, she investigates racial identity development in both African-American and Caucasian children throughout their life. Through reading her investigation, her book provoked me to think about my own racial identity development, as well as those around me. I looked back at encounters that I experienced growing up with racial inequality. I looked back to my development at my private liberal elementary school. I also saw the cultural shock I encountered with racism in my transition into wealthy preppy high schools. Looking back at my own racial identity development throughout my life, I wonder how a student of Dr. Beverly Tatum once asked, “Oh, is there still racism?” (p. 3). My first experience with racism was in second grade. I went to a pretty liberal elementary school, which helped raise children to see everyone as equals with pretty great success. The school was fairly diverse for a private institution in a suburb of D.C. In second grade, there was an opportunity given for students to give a dollar toward a charitable service. An African-American student the next day ended up coming in with a one-hundred dollar bill. The student claimed the two zeros were covered when he took
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course SOCY 132 taught by Professor Besecke during the Spring '07 term at Kenyon.

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