“Stop Acting White” Study Shows Black Students Are More Positive About Education Than Other Races


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Black Students Are Most Positive About Education Than Whites

You’ve probably heard it before: too many black students don’t do well in school because they think being smart means “acting white.”

Via Vox reports:

It’s a popular thing to say, but it’s not true. At best, it’s a very creative interpretation of inadequate research and anecdotal evidence. At worst, it’s a messy attempt to transform the near-universal stigma attached to adolescent nerdiness into an indictment of black culture, while often ignoring the systemic inequality that contributes to the country’s racial achievement gap.

The acting white theory — the idea that African-American kids underachieve academically because they and their peers associate being smart with acting white, and because they’re afraid that they’ll be shunned — was born in the 1980s. John Ogbu, an anthropology professor at the University of California at Berkeley, introduced it in an ethnographic study of one Washington…

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