Acting White
  • Sep 27, 2011
    272 p., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
    9 b/w illus.
    ISBN: 9780300171204
  • Paper: $29.00 sc
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Social Science

Acting White

The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation

  • Stuart Buck


“The best race book of the year.”—John McWhorter, New Republic blog  

"Acting White asks why African American students still lag so far behind their peers in academic achievement and offers a thoughtful and provocative answer to this crucial question."—Stephan Thernstrom, Harvard University

"Many have denied that black students call one another 'white' for liking school -- when it's almost impossible to grow up black in America and miss it. Until now, most treatments of this issue have been dry, statistical academic tracts dedicated to wishing the issue away. Here is what should become the definitive source on the problem and what to do about it."—John McWhorter, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

"[Buck] reminds us that we should remember that everything is composed of light and shadow. Before we attempt to improve schools, we need to understand the impact of change on culture, on deeply ingrained habits and ways of thinking."--Phil Brand, Washington Times