Attention Honkies: Are You Deprived? 1968 test for white middle class Americans who aspire to work in black ghettoes. Adrian Dove.
Attention Honkies: Are You Deprived? 1968 test for white middle class Americans who aspire to work in black ghettoes
Attention Honkies: Are You Deprived? 1968 test for white middle class Americans who aspire to work in black ghettoes
Attention Honkies: Are You Deprived? 1968 test for white middle class Americans who aspire to work in black ghettoes
Attention Honkies: Are You Deprived? 1968 test for white middle class Americans who aspire to work in black ghettoes

Attention Honkies: Are You Deprived? 1968 test for white middle class Americans who aspire to work in black ghettoes

(Pittsburgh): 1968. 3 copies of the two-page handout, probably for a Black Studies class in 1968 at the University of Pittsburgh. 2 are blank, one filled out (and somewhat edgeworn) -- probably the student's copy who took the class. "Adrian Dove had a quiz for middle-class, white America, an aptitude test formthose suburbanites with either a solemn interest in helping the marginalized or a willingness to launch into prescriptive tirades on how to fix American ghettoes. Did white America know what a “handkerchief head” was, in ghetto parlance? What about a “gas head”? Was Bo Diddley a renowned singer, a camp for children, or a boxed wine available at the corner store? Who were the Dixie Hummingbirds—an arm of the Ku Klux Klan, a contemporary black gospel outfit, or a black paramilitary force headquartered in Mississippi? What was the opposite of a “square?” On February 15 The Washington Post printed this 21-question, “soul folk aptitude” test. Each multiple-choice question sought to confound the white majority readership; for every tongue-in-cheek wrong answer, there were a few, Dove surmised that those unfamiliar with street terminology would struggle to choose between. He thus wished to nettle those living in quiet suburbs, to push them out of their cultural comfort zones and into a foreign lexicon to prove a point: black wisdom did not always sync with accepted white mindsets. Dove, a social worker from Los Angeles, declared “a score of 11 or less classifies you as an intellectual failure—a ghetto drop-out…it means that you are culturally depraved. If the quiz stumped the average white Washington Post reader, perhaps that reader could sympathize with neglected residents of black ghettoes, blamed
for their own misfortunes, scorned for not excelling on tests “keyed to white, middle class cultural standards. Whether or not test-takers knew precisely what a “hype” was—it was, in slang, a heroin addict—missed the point; white Americans were so accustomed to their values and worldview that they failed to recognize that many people of color trafficked in a different world, a world with which whites were deeply unfamiliar. Before offering well-intentioned assistance or a condescending lecture, white Americans needed a reminder that they did not know this world; to speak about it authoritatively was to speak out of turn." -- From a 2017 dissertation by Sam Abramson at Rice University. Very Good. Item #H15526

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