by: Gwendolyn Miller The US higher education system boasts a progressive approach to diversity on its college and university campuses. This all-inclusive platform has the numbers of students of color attending predominantly White schools on the rise. Universities have “made tremendous strides to correct past transgressions,” according to Kevin McClain, PhD. For many parents, this presents […]
Implicit biases have for years manifested in many different domains of society. And academic settings are not immune to its poison. That several college and university campuses across America boast cultures of racism, misogyny, homophobia, classism, and other forms of oppression has become evident. On a personal level, these attitudes can manifest in daily interactions through microaggressions, making others feel uncomfortable and aware of the prejudices held against them.
“Did he just say, ‘You don’t sound Black?’”: Racial Microaggressions are Alive and Kicking Students of Color
Every page in the true book on American history is stamped ‘systemic racism.’ The year 2020, however, brought about a rebirth of social awareness, one that has given voice to centuries of injustice and brutality via numerous social protests and social activists demanding change and reform in the treatment of people of color. There’s no denying that race relations have improved over the years or that the civil rights movement effected these changes. But people still “talk.”
Got Skillz? Recasting and Negotiating Racial Tension in Teacher–Student Relationships Amidst Shifting Demographics
You can download this article in its PDF form: download pdf Abstract This paper reports on a curriculum designed for Black students whose school teachers and administrators sought to address concerns about students’ academic underachievement and behavioral challenges. In order to design the curriculum, we examined Black students’ reactions to race- and academic-related stress as […]
Students of color face a wide variety of racially motivated microaggressions in school settings that cause severe learning and development obstacles and potential psychological and physical harm. The impact of Racial Battle Fatigue has both psychological and behavioral ramifications that can debilitate student learning, and racial microaggressions cause stress, which may result in weakened immune systems and sickness (Solorzano, Ceja, & Yosso, 2000 as cited in Meeks, 2010). This research aims to expose the truly detrimental impact of racial microaggression on minorities and expose this behavior as an obstacle to the advancement of people of color.