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Williams, Brittney Michelle

2012, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Psychology.
This study examines why students make the “acting white” accusation on the Kent State University campus. Eleven African American students served as participants. A qualitative approach was used to examine the reasons for making the accusation as well as gaining further insight into what it means to act white and to act black at Kent State University. Participants were asked their definition of acting white, acting black and their experience with the accusation. Three of the eleven participants met criteria for making the accusation and were asked to participate in a face-to-face interview. Major themes suggest accusers may feel inferior toward the accused and need to make the accusation to compensate for their true beliefs. Reluctance and discomfort appears in describing their rationale behind making the accusation. Discomfort to the accuser may be as important as bother is to individuals who are accused. The implications of results and further direction for accusers are discussed.
Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD (Advisor)
Beth Wildman, PhD (Committee Member)
William Kalkhoff, PhD (Committee Member)
Sara Newman, PhD (Committee Member)
30 p.

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