Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue? by Richard L. Zweigenhaft

By Richard L. Zweigenhaft

This generally revised version of Blacks within the White institution? indicates why the USA is at a very important juncture in family members among blacks and whites, while advances made because the Civil Rights move may possibly both proceed or retrench, looking on the choices made by way of our governments, groups, and faculties. The voices of African americans heard during this ebook convey domestic for the reader the typical effect of nationwide coverage concerns and debates on race and sophistication in the USA.

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He was white. After a Sunday brunch at the Elm Street dining hall, we were walking back to my room in Soule. We were planning a hike along the river through nearby woods to admire the parade of autumn colors. Walking toward us in the opposite direction was a group of black male students. ”’2’ Black ABC students who became friends with white prep school classmates were not only stepping across racial boundaries, but in almost every The Prep School Years 41 case class boundaries as well. Most of the white students were from uppermiddle- or upper-class families, and some were from the wealthiest and bestknown families in America.

Such a social identity can develop as a way of coping with the painful experience of exclusion and stigmatization. Monique Burns, who left Brooklyn to attend the Concord Academy, expressed such feelings: “I had an image of being such an academic person at my other school, and I was sort of an outcast. . This was part of the reason why Concord was such a good experience for me. For once I wasn’t just the smartest kid. I was always threatened with physical violence and all for being so smart. So when I went to Concord, here were some people who were more like me.

We were friends. I can’t say that I went out to his house in Michigan or this or that or the next thing. Because of the geographics of it that never happened, but we started out in the ninth grade in the same Latin class and we used to goof around because we had this really old teacher and she just had some strange nuances about her. She got really upset if you said “shut up” in class, stuff like that. She would send you up to the dean’s office for saying “shut up” and, you know, a ninth grader is definitely going to make fun of stuff like that.

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