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Integration Interrupted – Tracking, Black Students, and Acting White after Brown - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Integration Interrupted: Tracking, Black Students, and Acting White after Brown

Karolyn Tyson


An all-too-popular explanation for why black students aren't doing better in school is their own use of the “acting white” slur to ridicule fellow blacks for taking advanced classes, doing schoolwork, and striving to earn high grades. Carefully reconsidering how and why black students have come to equate school success with whiteness, this book argues that when students understand race to be connected with achievement, it is a powerful lesson conveyed by schools, not their peers. Drawing on over ten years of ethnographic research, the book shows how equating school success with “acting white” ... More

Keywords: black students, acting white slur, school success, race, achievement, Brown v. Board of Education, curriculum tracking, ability

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199736447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karolyn Tyson, editor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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