TheColor of Success
Livingin a predominantly white population must have been hard in the oldendays for black people. There were all sorts of stereotypes and labelsbundled on them. Most significantly, though, was the theme ofoppression. Oppression caused by racism and racial identification hasled to the false perception that success belongs to the White whileBlacks trail at below average performance and living standards. Thisperception that is ingrained in the minds of most Black people is theprimary subject of discussion as the author narrates his severalordeals with fellow Black people who think that he is doing too muchthan he is supposed to do by virtue of his race.
Myriadbehavioral studies depict how the perception of Blacks being inferiorultimately affects their performance. Fordham asserts that theinferior attitude leads Black students to view high academicachievement as a preserve of the Whites. The author notes that thisperception often makes one question the need to try even to work hardor strive for excellent performance. Blacks have a name for fellowBlacks who attempt to break free from that mental bubble, which is“acting white.” They believe that any Black person attempting towork so hard is “acting white.”
Butreliable sources and reputable scholars have proven that success isnot the preserve of a particular race. An excerpt from A CommonDestiny (1989) denotes that Blacks have flaunted great improvementsacademically whether one assesses their performance in the 40s, 50sor even 60s. The misled perception that Blacks are inferior is slowlyfading away, save for Steele’s argument, which we should all rallyagainst.