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Integration InterruptedTracking, Black Students, and Acting White after Brown$
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Karolyn Tyson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736447.001.0001

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On Becoming A Cultural Object

On Becoming A Cultural Object

Academic Achievement and Acting White among Black Students

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(p.35) Two On Becoming A Cultural Object
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Integration Interrupted
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Karolyn Tyson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736447.003.0012

This chapter examines the way in which racialized tracking creates racial distinctions among students that lead to the interpretation of academic achievement as acting white. It begins with a short discussion of two topics: the meaning and use of the broad concept of acting white among African Americans; and the issue of racial disparities in elementary school gifted programs and race talk among pre-adolescents. The chapter then looks at the experiences of high-achieving black adolescents at nineteen public high schools in North Carolina. Finally, it investigates why some high-achieving black youth are targeted with the acting white slur while many others, including peers at the same school, are not.

Keywords:   African Americans, acting white, high schools, North Carolina, racialized tracking, academic achievement, racial disparities, gifted programs, race, black youth

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