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Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum PhD is a book of many subjects theories ideas as well as opinions that are discussed challenged and criticized Are we free from racism Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria These questions I hope to answer for myself and for others One of Beverly Tatums major topics of discussion is racial identity Racial identity is the meaning each of us has constructed or is constructing about what it means to be a white person or a person of color in a race-conscious society Tatum pp Xvii She talks about how many parents hesitate to talk to their children about racism because of embarrassment and the awkwardness of the subject I agree with her when she says that parents dont want to talk about racism when they dont see a problem They dont want to create fear or racism where none may exist It is touchy subject because if not gone about right you can perhaps steer someone the wrong way Another theory she has on racial identity is that other people are the mirror in which we see ourselves tatum pp18 The parts of our identity that do capture our attention are those that other people notice and that reflects back to us Tatum pp21 What she means by this is that what other people tell us we are like is what we believe If you are told you are stupid enough you might start to question your intelligence When people are searching for their identity normally the questions who am I now Who was I before and who will I become are the first that come to mind When a person starts to answer these questions their answers will influence their beliefs type of work where they may live partners as well as morals She also mentions an experiment where she asked
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