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  1. Introduction
  2. Why the incorrect assumption was made in the first place.
  3. Degree of shame among the Black population regarding their years of bondage.
  4. White teens and their unearned social power and oppression of Black teens.
  5. The Alien Extended Identity stage.
  6. Diffused Identity group.
  7. The opposition movement .
  8. Recent contribution by adolescents to the Black fight for freedom.

One definition of identity is who you are, what you do, and how you respond to the world around you. One develops this sense of self, an identity, during adolescence. Many contributing factors and variables affect this process to mold how an individual views him or herself. In addition to elements of the nurturing environment, inherent components also shape a person's identity and the stages they go through to develop it. This paper discusses several factors contributing to the psychosocial development of Black teenagers including which stage many Black teens may be identifying with, and why teen-inspired opposition movements may be at a virtual halt. Kids these days? It's just teenage angst? Ah to be young again? These are frequently heard declarations in U.S. society referring to the teenage demographic.

[...] The first four students were more than likely already associating themselves with the Collective Identity stage but in taking a stand they more than likely helped their fellow students develop past the Diffused Identity to join them in associating with the identity which strives for the survival of the race over the individual and the identity that takes action, takes a stand.[2] One more recent contribution by adolescents to the Black fight for freedom has been the hip-hop culture. While it left an impression on society through the graffiti art that came out of this culture and the music that ran social commentary on life for the Black teen is society, the white man took it away. [...]


[...] Researchers examining adolescent development from a psycho-social perspective have determined that White teens confront five significant issues during their identity formation: a)The question, am Establish independence, c)Establish healthy relationships, d)Become comfortable with one's sexuality, e)Seek success (Huebner So in the midst of middle school and high school drama these white U.S. teens, members of the dominant culture, have to muddle through and attempt to gain a firm grasp on these issues that are essential to their identity development. Doesn't that seem like a lot to handle? [...]


[...] Kiri Davis re-ran the Clark doll experiment and featured the results on a website called Media That Matters in a film called, Girl Like Seventy-one percent of the Black children chose the white doll over the black doll. The majority also indicated the black doll when asked which doll was bad. Even worse, these small children then also chose the black doll when asked which one looked like them. That means that at the ages of five and six these kids already believe that white is good, black is bad, they are black, and that is bad. [...]

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