An exploration of racial identity and family, as seen through the lens of 10 Black families living in a predominantly white, affluent community what does it mean to be Black in a white, middle-class community? is it the ultimate symbol of success? Or will one pay in isolation, alienation, rootlessness? what price must one pay for paradise? is the price too high? Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism and author of why are all the Black Kids sitting together in the Cafeteria?, interviewed black families in depth to identify the sacrifices and achievements necessary to survive and prosper in a white community.