It's Not “a Black Thing”: Understanding the Burden of Acting White and Other Dilemmas of High Achievement

  title={It's Not “a Black Thing”: Understanding the Burden of Acting White and Other Dilemmas of High Achievement},
  author={Karolyn Tyson and William A. Darity and Domini R. Castellino},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={582 - 605}
For two decades the acting white hypothesis—the premise that black students are driven toward low school performance because of racialized peer pressure—has served as an explanation for the black-white achievement gap. Fordham and Ogbu proposed that black youths sabotage their own school careers by taking an oppositional stance toward academic achievement. Using interviews and existing data from eight North Carolina secondary public schools, this article shows that black adolescents are… 

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