'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?': A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Beverly Daniel Tatum
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Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 1, Defining Racism,

• Author Beverly Tatum opens Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 1, Defining Racism by pointing out that despite the perceptions of a few, racism still exists.

• The experience of children is limited to people very much like them and they can internalize false assumptions about other groups without challenge.

• Prejudice, in Tatum's view, is a preconceived judgment based on limited information; prejudices are practically inescapable.

• Revealing prejudice requires learning omitted social information and reflecting on one's preconceived notions of differences between racial and ethnic groups.
• According to Tatum, while people of color can be prejudiced against whites, they are not racist in the technical sense of the term because they do not benefit from racism.

• While there are exceptions, people of color are systematically disadvantaged.

• White people can still benefit from passive racism, an ongoing cycle of domination that...

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