- Jul 30, 2004
There was an interesting article posted recently on Slate noting this as an unintended consequence of school desegration and social/economic advancement of blacks in the 60s and 70s. When schools were racially segregated, teachers were as segregated as students. Predominantly black schools had predominantly black faculties, providing black students with educated blacks as role models. With desegration, school faculties became increasingly white, a problem aggravated when educated blacks, no longer stuck only in teaching positions, moved into other fields. Black students were left no image of educated adults other than white instructors, leading to the "acting white" paradigm for any students who excelled in class.Yes. 60 minutes did a story a few years ago on high achieving black kids in school. They were told they were "acting white" by their fellow black students for getting an A. This is a problem.