Analysis of Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Analysis of Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

'Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria'; by Beverly Daniel Tatum Ph.D. 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 Tatum's 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
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They are all examples of groups who are seen as more dominant or of a more advantaged social group not mentioning so. They don't seem to think that they belong to a more dominant or advantaged group than the others so why mention it.

She goes on about Affirmative action in the workplace and the views and opinions of all different kinds of people. Tatum believes in Affirmative action because of the many encounters and experiences she had witness and encountered. She goes on to say, ' Affirmative action is needed to lessen bias in the paid labor force because affirmative action is the only legal remedy in the United States for discrimination that does not require the victims (or someone with a stake in their welfare) to notice their condition and come forward with a grievance on their own behalf.'; (Tatum pp 123) In my opinion Affirmative action is a touchy subject, just like abortion. There are places where it should belong and places it shouldn't. I think it should be implemented in places of business where needed. For example if two candidates for a position are interviewed for a job and one happens to be white and the other black, and the black candidate is obviously more qualified for the job but doesn't get the job then that is a place where Affirmative action needs to b added to the system. It is sad that something like Affirmative action even had to be thought of but it is a reality that racism still exists and probably will continue to

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