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

Beverly Daniel Tatum
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What do you think of Tatum's definition of racism as a system of advantage based on race? Explain her view and its intuitive and counter intuitive aspects. What would be a better definition of race?

Explain Tatum's stage-based concept of racial identity development. Do you find it helpful and illuminating? If not, why not?

Tatum is a vigorous defender of developing racial identity. What might a critic claim about her defense? What might she say in response?

Tatum is a vigorous defender of goal-based affirmative action. How is this form of affirmative action distinctive from other types of affirmative action? What are the advantages of goal-based affirmative action and why does Tatum think it justified?

Do you think that Tatum's criticisms of the ideas of Whiteness prevalent in American society are fair? Explain what they are and assess them.

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