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Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions, and Campus Racial Climate: The Experiences of African American College Students

Daniel Solorzano, Miguel Ceja and Tara Yosso
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 69, No. 1/2, Knocking at Freedom's Door: Race, Equity, and Affirmative Action in U.S. Higher Education (Winter - Spring, 2000), pp. 60-73
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2696265
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Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions, and Campus Racial Climate: The Experiences of African American College Students
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Abstract

Microaggressions are subtle insults (verbal, nonverbal, and/or visual) directed toward people of color, often automatically or unconsciously. Using critical race theory as a framework, the study described in this article provides an examination of racial microaggressions and how they influence the collegiate racial climate. Using focus group interview data from African American students at three universities, it reveals that racial microaggressions exist in both academic and social spaces in the collegiate environment. The study shows how African American students experience and respond to racial microaggressions. It also demonstrates how racial microaggressions have a negative impact on the campus racial climate.

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