ERIC Number: EJ1114075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
"You Make Me Wanna Holler and Throw up Both My Hands!": Campus Culture, Black Misandric Microaggressions, and Racial Battle Fatigue
Smith, William A.; Mustaffa, Jalil Bishop; Jones, Chantal M.; Curry, Tommy J.; Allen, Walter R.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v29 n9 p1189-1209 2016
Black males are scarce on White campuses. Still, they experience hypervisibility and are targets of hypersurveillance. This study used focus groups and semi-structured interviews to examine the experiences of 36 Black male students attending seven "elite" historically White Research I institutions. Two themes emerged: (a) anti-Black male stereotyping and marginality and (b) hypersurveillance and control directed at Black men by Whites. Participants reported stereotyping and increased surveillance by police on and off campus. They also reported being defined as "out of place" and "fitting the description" of illegitimate members of the campus community. As a result, students reported psychological stress responses symptomatic of racial battle fatigue (e.g. frustration, shock, anger, disappointment, resentment, anxiety, helplessness, hopelessness, and fear). The study finds the college environment was more hostile toward Black men than other groups, exemplifying Black racial misandry.
Descriptors: Campuses, School Culture, Males, African American Students, Focus Groups, Semi Structured Interviews, Research Universities, Ethnic Stereotypes, Social Control, Sense of Community, Student School Relationship, Stress Variables, Aggression, Racial Discrimination, Student Reaction, College Environment, Interviews, Coping, School Policy, Student Attitudes, Minority Group Students, Disadvantaged Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California (Berkeley); Illinois; Massachusetts; Michigan
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