Crisis in the Caste System Down South

Crisis in the Caste System Down South

“The teachers, they say it’s inside us, that’s where all the trouble is and the mean words, they come from people with bad hearts; but it’s outside, too, because they’re all the time around, the people shouting at us, and they fired my daddy from his job yesterday.” This analysis of the origins of prejudice came from a six-year-old Negro girl who walked daily through mobs in 1960 to the first integrated school in New Orleans. She was talking with Robert Coles, the author of this book, and a child psychiatrist by profession.

Coles says the purpose of the book is to find out: “What was happening to that Negro child both in school and in her mind? What made her white assailants finally take their angry opposition to the streets? While they did that, why did other white people refuse to join them—or even to take the little girl’s side?”

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Wurgraft | University of California Press Lima