The Origins of the ‘Acting White’ Charge
School integration yielded a disturbing by-product: a psychological association between scholastic achievement and whiteness.
"Many on the left dismiss as a racist fable the notion that black teens often say their nerdy peers are 'acting white,'" argues
. "In fact, this charge grew out of the integration era."
Busing was important but white teachers and students against it sparked a lot of black teens to think of school as “white” - let’s not forget that all-black schools aren’t always such a bad thing.
McWhorter on the Acting White hypothesis
This Atlantic piece by John McWhorter is a pretty good summary of the book I published with Yale University Press nearly a decade ago