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Dangerous or Endangered?Race and the Politics of Youth in Urban America$
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Jennifer Tilton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814783115

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814783115.001.0001

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Youth in a “Private Estate” in the Oakland Hills

Youth in a “Private Estate” in the Oakland Hills

(p.113) 3 Youth in a “Private Estate” in the Oakland Hills
Dangerous or Endangered?

Jennifer Tilton

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the conflicts around Skyline High School between black middle-class parents and white homeowners who fought over whether children at the school were dangerous criminals or innocent kids. It begins with a portrait of Loraine and James Smith, a couple who led very active political lives fighting to improve Oakland's public schools. It then considers how the history of Skyline High School made the politics of youth in the neighborhood particularly racially charged before turning to the debate over whether or not youth at the school were dangerous or criminal. In particular, it examines white neighbors' calls for color-blindness and the argument of black parents in defense of their children against the image of black youth criminality. Finally, it explores the polarized racial politics around Skyline High School that led black parent activists to engage in spatial politics in the hills.

Keywords:   politics of youth, Skyline High School, white homeowners, Oakland, public schools, color-blindness, black parents, black youth, criminality, racial politics

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