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Self-Segregation vs. Racial Diversity
This paper debates the issues of self-segregation vs. racial diversity based on psychologist Beverly Tatum's book "Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?".
# 75468 | 1,225 words | 5 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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This paper explains that, as a young adult, living in a multicultural environment is an important step in developing personal identity because it gives the possibility to engage in relations, which are subject to various cultural influences. The author points out that psychologist Beverly Tatum believes that self perception is in fact built on the reaction to others' perception of one's self. The paper stresses that black teenagers sitting together in a high school's cafeteria can be interpreted as a sign of cultural affinity or as a reaction to racist attitudes; however, society must move towards deeper human interactions thus reducing racist attitudes and increasing inter-cultural bonds.

From the Paper:

"Why is racism still a problem in American schools? Since the early '60, after the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawed the "separate but equal" doctrine of school segregation, gradual efforts have been in order to deal with racial issues. The progress is notable. Yet, even today, it is still considered an uphill battle. Christopher. Farley and Kevin Fedarko, commenting a recent poll conducted by TIME/ CNN on 1,282 adults show that more than half of those interviewed consider racism to be a major issue. On the other hand, they observe a more powerful reluctance from the part of black teenagers when blaming racism for poor living conditions, as opposed to failing to take advantage of available opportunities, factor considered responsible for financial distress by more and more black teenagers."

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