[Marxism] "acting white" - a myth?

acpollack2 at juno.com acpollack2 at juno.com
Sun Dec 12 15:21:47 MST 2004


On the one hand, what appears to be a useful study showing the claim that Black students criticize achievers as "acting white" is a myth perpetrated by those trying to hide discrimination:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/12/magazine/12ACTING.html
On the other hand -- same paper, same day -- a story about a Black firefighter discouraged at disinterest of other Blacks in joining the department, saying some accuse him of being a Tom:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/12/nyregion/thecity/12colm.html
The truth? Probably some in both.
After all, discrimination does breed discouragement and the attitudes that come from it. And those seeking to overcome discouragement encourage the creation of myths by the discriminators and on and on.
(Works for class and gender too.)





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