Race, Academics and 'Acting White'

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It has been 56 years since the Supreme Court struck down segregation in Brown vs. Board of Education. A new book, “Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation,” puts forward the notion that desegregation's positive changes have come along with some unintended side effects. Stuart Buck, the book's author, argues that the criticism successful black students often receive from their peers – that they are “acting white” – is largely a consequence of how our schools were desegregated.


Buck joins us to talk about the book. And Art Symes, the former Dean of Architecture at Southern University, also joins the conversation. He was one of the last students to graduate from Bordentown, a public, all black boarding school in New Jersey that closed in 1955.

Art was also featured in the recent PBS documentary, "A Place Out of Time - The Bordentown School."