Updated on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 4:40PM by Elena TaJo
One morning on the way to Ballet class, I hear the news that Black Americans are moving away from northern urban areas toward the South and into the suburbs. This interests me for what it will mean for diversity, so I remember it.
As we chitchat before class, Justina, a young Black woman just returned from a family visit to Tennessee, comments: "The South never changes." I argue briefly and then ponder her comment for the remainder of class. (You can blame all my mistakes on that!) When class is over I ask her what she meant. A graduate student in Social Psychology, she is frustrated by entrenched patterns: expectations shape behavior, behavior reinforces expectations, and the cycle perpetuates itself. Indeed, I agree. Except here she is, an exception.