The Psychological Toll Of Racism On Black & Minority College Students

It is interesting that many asked me if there really is a need for minority based student groups, or professional minority groups of any sort. Black students associations, and those targeted to other groups, play a role in giving a support system to students who often feel isolated and overwhelmed. This watershed of protests starting at the University of Missouri, is a reflection of many years of frustration. Hopefully this not only brings dialogue, but change nationwide with regards to how students of all races are treated on campus. Please share your thoughts on this article! 

[ione_embed src= service=theplatform media width=612 height=467 type=iframe] In recent weeks, stories of students at the University of Missouri, Ithaca College, and Yale taking a stand against racial discrimination and racial inequality have surfaced. We’ve also learned of threats being made against students at the HBCU campuses of Bowie State University in Maryland and Howard University in Washington D.C. […]

2 thoughts on “The Psychological Toll Of Racism On Black & Minority College Students

  1. I think it’s impossible to always feel like an outsider or for your life to constantly be threatened without it taking a psychological toll. I was the president of the Gay Straight Alliance in (my very small, fairly conservative Christian college). My freshman year, people wrote a variety of really horrific things on my dorm room walls, yelled all sorts of things from car windows, etc. I was even in a heteroromantic relationship. I passed as a straight person easily but the simple involvement (before I even took a leadership role) lead to “corrective” rape threats and the like.

    I was good friends with a lot of the other leaders of other “multicultural” groups on campus (what we were called so we got funding. Ha.) and every minority based group faced racism, religious based harassment, homophobia and/or a combination of the above. We formed some amazing friendships and gained important leadership skills and confidence that we’ve taken to the workplace. It was necessary. People who ask these questions just don’t get it.

    Alex over at The Literal Feminist just wrote a related post called Racism is Trauma.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience Cheyanne! How awful, but I am glad you conquered!! The stressors mentioned compounded by the drive to succeed in college takes a toll that is only just now being examined. But I love the line from the article where it talks about the fact we as Americans don’t run away. We stand and fight, not buckle under to pressure. But the emotional aftermath can be taxing for many. Thanks for weighing in as always!! 😃

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