Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

And Other Conversations About Race
Narrated by: Beverly Daniel Tatum
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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The classic, best-selling book on the psychology of racism - now fully revised and updated.  

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential listening for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America. 

©2017 Beverly Tatum (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"An unusually sensitive work about the racial barriers that still divide us in so many areas of life." (Jonathan Kozol)

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A magnificent tool for life.

It touched on Native Americans, a group so easily forgotten by many. It gave a historical context which made it easier to understand today's social issues and it gave the tools talk about those issues and how to work together to keep moving foward.

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Amazing!!

I had read parts of the original but the twentieth anniversary addition was particularly powerful. Me and my wife are look at fostering and there is a good chance that kids place with us will have a different race than our selves, this book was incredible helpful tool, preparing us to promote a positive racial identity for kids coming into our home irrespective of their race

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Truth today

Tough to listen to, but the truth is always in season. Learned so very much. well reasoned

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Outstanding! A must read for all races!

I found this to be a very enlightening, enriching and educational book. As a white person I struggle with what my role is in dismantling systemic racism. This book has iopened my heart and mind to what's possible and how I can be a part of it.

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very good discussion about race

This was so good! This teaches how to talk to your kids about race and makes you feel much more confident about talking about race. I agreed with everything and loved the tone of the author.

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I wish they made an abridged version

Too much of the same. A few worthwhile points amidst a pile of dry and boring facts and anecdotes.
It's not a book about psychology or perhaps it's targeting the masses, so it is not going deep.

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Eye-opening and so insightful and educational. Everyone needs to read this book.

I’m embarrassed by how much material in this book was new to me. It should be required reading for everyone. High quality and extremely educational and, sadly for me, very eye-opening.

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Worth the listen

Great insight. Provides a basis to parent purposefully and with intention. Loved it, shared it.
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I did not like the one sided political slant that led up to the book. I felt it was decisive and it made me question all the stats that were used because stats can be used to back anything in a very one sided way. I almost did not continue listening because so much hate filled politics. But I listen while I walk or bike so I kept listening. The actual book is excellent and will help me very much to be a better high school math teacher. john

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Great Read!!! A book for all to learn from

Thank you the author and those resources she gathered information and references to assist others with the conversation of race and cultural experiences of those of that ethnicity. Fantastic source to educate and have discussions on those known and unknown and their role in social justice and thwarting the hurtful and harmful behaviors of those who are insecure, ignorant of previous generational behaviors or just don't care about the inhumane versus humane treatment and respect of others.

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