Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

By Beverly Daniel Tatum,

Book cover of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race

Book description

This well-balanced book, written in lively prose, brings new insights and a fresh perspective to this frequent query and the issue of racial identity development.. There is a moment when every child leaves color-blindness behind and enters the world of race consciousness. At that moment, there are two roads parents,…

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1 author picked Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This classic book, which has been recently updated, is a must-read for all parents or people who work with children. Tatum does an excellent job of describing how children think about race and the role race plays in their lives. She describes how racial identity develops for Black children, for White children, and for mixed-race children and clearly identifies why it is important for all children. By using lots of quotes and conversations with children and teens, this accessible read leads to “Aha!” moments in every chapter. 

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