Behavior: Black Dr. Spocks

"Shut up, you black bitch!" shouted the nursery school student as she gave her black doll a sound wallop. The toddler—a little black girl—was just "playing house." Her teacher—a white woman—did not know what to say. Should she remonstrate with the child and tell her that "black is beautiful" or something of the sort? The answer, say two black psychiatrists, is no: the concept of black pride "is too intellectual" at this age. "In a case like this, you could say, 'Nadine, I'm sure the baby will stop crying if you hold her rather than hit her or call her names.'...

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