Acting too White: Kent State Psychologist Explains How the Accusation Causes Anxiety

It’s called the Acting White Accusation (AWA). Researchers say it arises when a Black adolescent's racial identity is perceived by other Black adolescents as being not Black enough. Researchers also say the accusation of Acting White can cause anxiety and isolation.

Angela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, along with Martale Davis, shared their research with WKYC-TV and

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 11:22 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 10:07 PM
Kristin Anderson