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"Black Anglo-Saxons are chiefly distinguishable in that, in their struggle to throw off the smothering blanket of social inferiority, they disown their own history and mores in order to assume those of the biological descendants of the white Anglo-Saxons. They relate to, and long to be part of, the elusive and hostile white world, whose norms are taken as models of behavior. White society is to most of them a looking-glass for taking stock of their personal conduct. In that way, they acquire what sociologists call a “looking glass self,” an image they must keep on grooming to make what they think white society imagines itself to be: like whites.”
– Nathan Hare, The Black Anglo Saxons, New York: Marzani and Munsell edition, 1965

Biographical Details

Dr. Nathan Hare was born on April 9, 1933 in Slick, Oklahoma. He received an A.B degree in sociology from Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma; and an M.A and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He also obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School Of Professional Psychology located in Berkeley, California in 1975. He was the first person hired to coordinate a Black Studies program in the United States, at San Francisco State in 1968.