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The Myth of the Black Townie

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Title

The Myth of the Black Townie

Subject

Campus--Community, Education--Higher--Parkland College, Education--Higher--University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Economy, Poverty, Community, Racism, Research and Data, Library-Archive-Museum, History

Description

This inquiry, based on qualitative data obtained from both participant interviews and my own personal observations, seeks to understand the relationship between African American students of Parkland College, the University of Illinois, and similarly aged, non-enrolled members of the Champaign Urbana community. The findings of this investigation suggest that there is often a hostile relationship between African Americans of these diverse populations. The research was based on the popular usage of the derogatory term "townie" to define an uneducaed, lower class African American who was born and raised in the area. Although there might be several viable explanations, my data seems to confirm that cleavages along lines of economics and education were the main source of conflict.

Creator

Alana Mbanza

Source

IDEALS: University of Illinois

Date

2008

Type

Document

Contribution Form

Online Submission

No

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Citation

Alana Mbanza, "The Myth of the Black Townie," in eBlack Champaign-Urbana, Item #198, http://www.eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/198 (accessed October 28, 2020).

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