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This paper is a critique of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum Ph D This will include my personal reactions to Tatums stance on racial identity development in racial minority cultures and my beliefs on how I plan to use this knowledge in creating a culturally responsive counseling practice My thoughts will also be focused from class discussions activities and other readings This paper will be written using the terms Dr Tatum provided Whites for Caucasians and people of color for groups of people who have been historically targeted against I had many reactions while reading Why Do All the Black Kids Sit Together in the Cafeteria most of which were undesirable I find myself sitting here fighting the urge to completely criticize this piece of literature I felt that Dr Tatums work came off extremely offensive and found it very hard to sit at ease in my own White skin I was getting the sense that it was unpleasing or almost offensive to be White It seemed that Dr Tatums objective was to address the racial divide that this world faces this seemed rather ironic to me considering she appears to be very bias and close minded yet rather opinionated herself Even with her reasoning the terminology used in this book felt rather insulting to me More specifically referring to Caucasians as Whites Dr Tatum conclusion was that the term White refers to Americans of European decent in a prior era she feels that Caucasian may be been more appropriate 2003 p15 Dr Tatum stated that she refers to people of acknowledged African descent as Black and when referring to other groups of color she tries to use the terms that the people want to be called for example Latin Americans prefer Latinoa while others prefer Hispanic 2003 p15-16 Dr Tatum also chooses people of color to stand for those groups
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