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”