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ERIC Number: EJ803298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Lessons Learned and Opportunities Ignored Since "Brown v. Board of Education:" Youth Development and the Myth of a Color-Blind Society. Fourth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research
Spencer, Margaret Beale
Educational Researcher, v37 n5 p253-266 2008
The scholarship of Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark, referenced in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in "Brown v. Board of Education," emphasized the nation's color line, not only in the Jim Crow South but in American cities overall. The Clarks pointed out the critical role of context; however, they applied it narrowly to the issue of "harm" as an inevitable consequence of segregation. The author of this article argues that the Clarks and their social science colleagues missed an opportunity to view Black youth as "diverse human beings engaged in normal developmental tasks under difficult conditions." She denotes the role of "context" as key, especially when linked with "human growth" and "psychological processes." Her findings from a sample of impoverished multiethnic youth reaffirm that America is not colorblind and suggest that these youths' political beliefs and concerns about government vary by ethnicity, gender, family structure, and skin color preferences. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education