The United States of America offers the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, even as fellow Americans find themselves firmly ensconced in the 21st century, it is clear that equality of opportunity is not available for all.
In newly published, "White Kids" (Hagerman, 2018), unveils the reality witnessed daily in schools across the nation. Some children are afforded enhanced benefits based on the school they attend and the settings in which they are raised. Rather than allowing this evidence to stand alone; however, the author spends years with a group of students who attend a variety of school settings to better understand how they see themselves in the larger social context as well as how their perceptions compare with their parents through the course of the examination.
"White Kids" offers a compelling presentation of how race and privilege are often co-mingled such that a thorough examination of one facet requires an understanding of the other in order to fully expose the complex social dilemma which currently exists in the United States.
Farmer, Angela S.
"White Plight: A Review of White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in A Racially Divided America,"
Journal of Research Initiatives: Vol. 4:
2, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.uncfsu.edu/jri/vol4/iss2/8
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