Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue? by Richard L. Zweigenhaft

By Richard L. Zweigenhaft

This widely revised variation of Blacks within the White institution? exhibits why the USA is at an important juncture in relatives among blacks and whites, while advances made because the Civil Rights flow might both proceed or retrench, counting on the choices made by way of our governments, groups, and faculties. The voices of African american citizens heard during this publication deliver domestic for the reader the typical effect of nationwide coverage concerns and debates on race and sophistication in the United States.

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Harold Cushenberry experienced no overt discrimination as a student at the Taft School. “I was more of a curiosity than anything else,” he recalls. He does remember feeling animosity from some of the Southern students: “I sensed a hostility there, but likewise, I don’t recall anything said to me directly. I think maybe my second or third year there may have been some offcolor comments every once in a while, but certainly nothing that was so troubling that they got me all bent out of shape. ” A few recall more overt racial incidents, but often these memories are vague, unlike many of the other memories people have of life at prep school.

The major problem I had was because of the advent of the Afro a lot of my Caucasian counterparts wanted to touch my hair but what they didn’t realize is that I had a lot of hair and that if they did this they messed it up, and that it was part of my pride, my symbol, and so I resented that. . ” In 1983, while he was completing his doctoral dissertation, Greg Pennington received a grant from the Whitney Young Foundation to do a study for ABC. His final report, “The Minority Student Experience in Predominantly White High Schools,” noted that there were “remarkable similarities” between what he had experienced as an ABC student in the late 1960s and what he heard from black ABC prep school students he interviewed in the early 1980s.

When we first interviewed her, and working with the National Mentoring Partnership when we interviewed her in May 2001, recalled her first semester at Walnut Hill: “My room happened to be sort of at one end of the hall. My next-door neighbor on one side was the infirmary and then there was the stairwell on the other side and the rest of the hall. Nobody had to walk by my room unless you were going into the infirmary. ” One former ABC student recalls that her school told her there was no room for her to live on campus.

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