ERIC Number: ED453748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
"White Privilege": Discrimination and Miscommunication--How It Affects/Effects Underrepresented Minority [Groups] on College Campuses.
Buck, Gail F.
Thirty years after the enactment of civil rights legislation, the meaning of race has become a problem in the United States, largely because the legacy of centuries of white supremacy lives on. Monolithic white supremacy is over, but in a more concealed way, white power and privilege linger. Ethnic under-representation creates a host of problems for the U.S. higher education community. The higher education community must find a way to welcome minority groups on campus. African American and Latino students find themselves discriminated against for a number of reasons, including racial and socioeconomic differences. Institutional marginalization is widespread. Institutions must realize that educating a pluralistic population is a serious and complex exercise. Institutions should provide intervention to enhance the level of ego development for some minority students, especially African American females. College administrators could address some of the negative perceptions members of some ethnic groups hold about others, as exemplified by the attitudes of many Asian international students toward African American students. To promote the success of Latino students, efforts should be concentrated on financial aid, academic support systems, social and cultural support systems, and the campus environment. Those responsible for higher education must work for a cultural shift broad enough to level the playing field for minority students. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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