Revenge Of The Black Nerd: How Obama Put The Myth Of 'Acting White' To Rest

12/15/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • John McWhorter NY Magazine

In his speech at the Democratic convention four years ago, Barack Obama memorably challenged the myth that holding a book is "acting white." Now that he's been elected president, he might actually be able to do something about it.

Black students are too often scorned by their peers as "thinking they're white" for making A's, and many let their grades slip in order to have black friends. Some educators and academics dismiss it as an unimportant thing to focus on when addressing black-student achievement.

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