Another African "irresponsibility" myth is that blacks undervalue education and or somehow equate getting good grades and being smart with "acting white." Again this is yet another myth widely believed but with little in the way of facts to back it up, yet when one does look at published research the opposite is found. Below are three papers that unequivocally refute this myth: http://home.uchicago.edu/~ludwigj/papers/JPAM-BurdenActingWhite-1997 Assessing the Oppositional Culture Explanation for Racial/Ethnic Differences in School Performance AINSWORTH-DARNELL J. W. (1) ; DOWNEY D. B. (1) ; The oppositional culture explanation for racial disparities in school performance posits that individuals from historically oppressed groups (involuntary minorities) signify their antagonism toward the dominant group by resisting school goals. In contrast, individuals from the dominant group and groups that migrated freely to the host country (immigrant minorities) maintain optimistic views of their chances for educational and occupational success. Because of its historical and cross-cultural appeal, this explanation has been well-received by academics, although key implications of the theory have not been carefully tested. Proponents have failed to systematically compare perceptions of occupational opportunity and resistance to school across involuntary, dominant, and immigrant groups. Using a large sample of African American, Asian American, and non-Hispanic white high school sophomores from the first follow-up of the National Education Longitudinal Study, the authors provide the first rigorous test of the oppositional culture explanation. Upon close scrutiny, its key predictions fail http://www.tc.columbia.edu/students/see/events/Darity_et_al_Understanding_Burden_Acting_White.pdf Do some black students equate being smart sometimes with being white? Yes, some folks are just ignorant like that. Is this something that is widespread among all blacks and indicates a propensity by blacks to devalue education? Hell no, such stereotypical assertions are more myth that fact. Also, getting teased for being smart and getting good grades is not a black thing, its happens also with white kids, except they don't label it as acting white, they call people nerds and such people are also some of the least popular people in school also, but no one accuses whites of devaluing education, once again being white has its advantages and privileges.