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Race Lessons

Dalton Conley

in Honky

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215863.003.0004
Race Lessons

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The author describes how learning race can be like learning language—first, one needs to mouth the sounds, then one needs to learn which sounds are not words and which have meaning to the surrounding people. He notes that the first step in their socialization was being taught that they were not black. He and his sister Alexandra attended nursery school courtesy of the federally subsidized Head Start program. He explains that Head Start was the result of a decade of research showing that the educational deficits poor kids faced in high school could be traced back to their preschool years—that is, to the time when they were with their parents at home.

Keywords: race; language; socialization; black; Head Start; poor kids; preschool years

Chapter.  5092 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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