Education: The White Minority

After nearly 20 years of court-ordered integrated education, most Americans are aware of the problems of black students brought into a predominantly white school. But what happens when it is the other way around—when a few whites attend a black school? To find out, Gretchen Schafft, an anthropologist at Catholic University of America, conducted a year-long study of "Green-trees," the fictional name of a Washington, D.C., elementary school that has an enrollment of about 400 blacks and 50 whites. Recently, at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco, she presented her conclusion: the whites—most of them children...

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