Black Children in a White World

What’s Lost When Black Children are Socialized into a White World (Dani McClain)

For many white parents, the process of socializing their children is an unalloyed good, an uncomplicated part of child-rearing that poses no real threat. For the mothers I spoke with, immersing their children in a school’s culture meant hoping they’d get what they needed academically without sustaining too much damage to their sense of self.

Not all children so gracefully develop survival strategies that allow them to participate in predominantly white schools while also resisting and even transforming the culture.

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