Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria Parts 1 & 2

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Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria Parts 1-3

Racism cannot be defined by prejudice alone. Prejudice is a preconceived judgement or opinion, usually based on limited information and is one of the inescapable consequences of living in a racist society. Racism is a system of advantage based on race. It is a system involving cultural messages and institutional policies and practices as well as the beliefs and actions of individuals. Tatum gives examples of the types of predjudices she see's everyday and how people do not base opinion off first hand knowledge, but rather second hand such as things they see on t.v or in magazines. Another point she makes is that it is not even that we look past first hand knowledge, its that we ommit information such as the point she makes about Cleopatra. She goes on to talk about how just simply walking through an elementary school cafeteria you can already see the shappings of racial diversity and how you move into middle school and high school it is even more noticable.

Dr. Tatum also brings up the idea of white privilege and how most white people have never considered the benefits of being white. While she does bring out many good points, I feel like since she is also not white, she can not fully see what it is like to have the "white privilege". Reading on it angers me when Tatum talks about racial prejudice and how basically only white people can be racists because African Americans do not systematically gain from racism. I just do not understand how a statement like that could be made and feel it is very untrue.

The next chapter goes on to talk about identity and defining who you are as a person. Dr. Tatum discusses that usually when we think of our identity, the parts that capture our attention are those that other people notice, such as a women being called a female. Where a person is a member of a dominant or advantaged social group, the...
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