The Root Takes on the “Acting White” Phenomenon
Kudos to TheRoot.com writer Latoya Peterson for an article that cuts through the much of the hype and spin around the “acting white” phenomenon that supposedly plagues America’s Black youth.
Peterson draws on important research and analysis by Roland J. Fryer to complicate and question the generalization that all Black and Latin American young people engage in the self-sabotaging behavior of labeling high academic achievers as traitors to their respective races.
Peterson argues that the emphasis on the myth that all Black and Latino/a youth believe that good grades and academic excellence constitute “acting white” has drawn valuable energy and resources away from addressing the issues that truly impact the achievement of marginalized youth.
You can find her article, “The Myth of ‘Acting White’ and the Achievement Gap,” at THIS LINK.
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