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Teacher Lesson Return to "Black Girl, White School"
Black Girl, White School
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In “Black Girl, White School,” Angelina Darrisaw writes about her discomfort as one of the few Black students at an exclusive private school. She feels excluded by the White students, and singled out by teachers and the administration.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

—Until 7th grade, Angelina had little interaction with White people. Have you felt that isolated from another race or group of people? How did it affect your interactions with them?

—In her new school, Angelina feels out of place and excluded as the only Black girl. Have you ever felt out of place and excluded in a similar way, because of your race or for any other reason?

—Sometimes Angelina feels she has to represent “the entire Black race.” Have you ever been put in a similar situation?

—Because she’s a new student, the school assigns two Black students to talk to Angelina. But the school doesn’t assign people to talk to the new White students. Was this a good way for the school to welcome Angelina? If not, what would have been a better way?

—The other students have a lot of stereotypes about Angelina and Black people in general. Have you been stereotyped like that? How? Where do you think the stereotypes came from?

—Angelina wants to leave the school, but her mother refuses because the experience will prepare her for “the real world.” Do you agree with the mother’s point of view? Why or why not?

—When Angelina and her Black friends sit together in the school cafeteria, they are told to break it up by the teachers and administration. Why do you think they were told that? Was it the right thing for the school to do?
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