There is much to be learned from the economics and sociology of oppositional identities.

As Roland Fryer pointed out, what is most important to the average 13-year-old is to be popular. Among some minorities, being popular and being smart are not compatible.

My analysis confirms that acting white is a vexing reality within a subset of American schools.

But Fryer also found that “In predominantly black schools, I find no evidence at all that getting good grades adversely affects students’ popularity”

Source: “Acting White” The social price paid by the best and brightest minority students by ROLAND G. FRYER, EducationNext 2006.

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