HEY, WHITE GIRL! by Susan Gregory

HEY, WHITE GIRL!

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Miss Gregory was the only white girl in the John Marshall High School in Chicago's west side ghetto. This book, reconstructed from a daily journal she kept during that senior year, is far from a black bored jungle although those aspects are omnipresent. Although she went through some painful moments, she learned to jive and rap and was almost surprisingly, easily accepted. Even while despairing over the lack of high standards, the apathy, freezing classrooms and icy teachers. she found an immense vitality and energy in the kids. Her enthusiasm for her classmates is contagious as she became, as one friend put it, ""the only white Negro I know."" Unfortunately, a year later the Martin Luther King assassination polarized the races; the West Side had its devastating riot, and she was once more a ""white girl"" forced to reassess her position. But she certainly brings a unique understanding to the problem and makes an effective plea for the concept of black power.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1969
ISBN: 0393335534
Publisher: Norton