Posted Friday, September 21, 2007
The topic is taboo ... yet it divides Cleveland right down the middle. When the four-letter word is mentioned, people cringe. Can we talk about race? Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, believes it's time for just that sort of conversation. She joins us to discuss her new book, the effect of racial stereotypes on achievement, and the silence that prevents interracial friendship. How does a town like Cleveland come together? We'll explore these issues and more Friday morning at nine on the Sound of Ideas. Photo: Jill Levy, Lee Owen, and Sandra Driggins of Ludlow Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, shaking hands in front of a sign for Brotherhood Week in 1956. National Brotherhood Week, which promotes racial and religious tolerance, was first observed in 1931. Photo courtesy of the Shaker Heights Public Library. Inset: Beverly Daniel Tatum's book.
About the book:
In four chapters, Tatum—who is a widely read expert on racial identity and identity development—addresses some of the thorniest issues concerning education and race, including the return to school segregation and the implications for students of color, how conceptions of race, intelligence, testing, and expectations affect student performance, the promise and complicated dynamics of cross-racial friendships, and the role of higher education in bridging racial divides and cultivating leaders who will further the democratic goals of a multiracial society.
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