|About the Book|
2, 4, 6, 8, when you gonna integrate? is a cheer of Plains High School, a desegregated secondary school in a border state. In this fascinating study, a sociologist and a clinical psychologist explore the effects of that desegregation.TheorizingMore2, 4, 6, 8, when you gonna integrate? is a cheer of Plains High School, a desegregated secondary school in a border state. In this fascinating study, a sociologist and a clinical psychologist explore the effects of that desegregation.Theorizing that prejudices would have the most profound effect on persons in a period of major personality growth—such as adolescence—the authors interviewed students on the social and psychological impact of attending a desegregated school. Their sensitive method of questioning elicited astonishingly honest and perceptive responses from students of widely differing ideological views. Such polarized subgroups as the black militants and white racists, as well as the hippies, the Mexican-Americans, and the peaceniks, are represented in the book. Using a case studies approach, sprinkled with comments by the authors the book transcribes the students own words aboutinterracial datingthe generation gap in attitudes toward racial mixingdiscrimination by teachers, counselors, and school administratorsdifferences in the pattern of racial prejudice in elementary, junior high and senior high schoolsand many other conflicts present in the American high school today.This book offers a rare glimpse at the problems of being black or white in an integrated school and provides new insight into the full magnitude and complexity of racial conflict within American society as a whole.