ERIC Number: ED026018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan-15
Reference Count: 0
Problems of the Minority Student on the Campus.
Miller, Albert H.
The problems of the black student on campus are not new. He has had to accept, at the level of consciousness, the ideals and values of US society while actually being continuously rejected by the same society through various forms of discrimination. He has had to organize his life in recognition of the fact that structured racism within US society denies him of many opportunities to participate in it as a full-fledged citizen. On the basis of his personal experience it has been difficult to differentiate whether white acceptance is based on his true personality or on assumptions that he has "stereotyped" Negro habits, feelings and attitudes. He experiences an inner struggle concerning which of 2 roles to play, one that is expected of him and another that is his natural self, for whites who fail to understand what it really means to be a Negro in US society. At much loss to his psychological stability, he has suppressed this conflice in the past and accepted a role that fits into the societal structure. Today's black students, suffering from this imposed inner torment of choosing between personal dignity through conscious role-playing or through effecting a change in society to improve actual experience, have decided on the latter and are rejecting education which does not relate to their individual development as citizens and as human beings. Their demands for a share in an array of college decisions reflect a search for self-identity that is not "programmed" or expected by white society, but one that is individually and naturally developed. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented to the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 15, 1969.