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Downed By Friendly FireBlack Girls, White Girls, and Suburban Schooling$
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Signithia Fordham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689668

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689668.001.0001

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The Black Girl’s Two-Step

(p.165) Chapter 5 Keyshia
Downed By Friendly Fire

Signithia Fordham

University of Minnesota Press

The fifth chapter presents the narrative of a middle class Black girl, Keyshia, who is the former BFF of the Black girl, Nadine, whose narrative is presented in chapter three. Unlike her former friend whose Black identity is never challenged, this student sees herself as not quite “Black enough.” In response to this perception, she appears to embrace her lower class Black friend by stealing her boyfriend and opting to disengage from her usual stellar academic performance, a change so profound that everyone notices, but no one intervenes or offers support.

Keywords:   Race, Gender, Racial politics, Social dynamics, Racial identity, Conformity, Identity performance

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