Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Next Book on the Short List

My summer reading list is full -- and yet, I'm squeezing this in, anyway.  My response to this question was usually something like, "Where are we supposed to sit?" As it turns out, I was right.

From the review: Anyone who's been to a high school or college has noted how students of the same race seem to stick together. Beverly Daniel Tatum has noticed it too, and she doesn't think it's so bad. As she explains in this provocative, though not-altogether-convincing book, these students are in the process of establishing and affirming their racial identity. As Tatum sees it, blacks must secure a racial identity free of negative stereotypes. The challenge to whites, on which she expounds, is to give up the privilege that their skin color affords and to work actively to combat injustice in society.

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