Pretty heartbreaking. These beautiful and bright students deserve so much better. Above I included some of the photographs (there’s many more) of Black women who are students there because I think it’s important to point out how racism is not only impacting Whites’ perception of their intelligence but also how White people approach their appearance as well, in gender-specific ways. This is heartbreaking to me albeit not surprising. The myth that working hard = happy payoff is a fairy tale. Racism is ubiquitous.
I really wish them the best with their education and the ability to navigate these microaggressions and overt acts of racism. This stuff increases stereotype threat and impacts mental health and health which impacts performance. I want the best for them. Much love. ❤
My stomach turns reading these because a good bunch of that was my college experience (not at Harvard, though it was one that considered accepting me), and while there’s a lot of factors at play as to why I crashed horribly in college, the microaggressions on campus didn’t help make me feel welcome. College was also my first encounter with some aggressive racism too, with some students following me, saying out loud that I got in because of affirmative action and only stopped following when I finally got to class. Maybe they wouldn’t have actually done anything, but shit, I was scared.
This is an all too real experience. One that doesn’t need to happen.
Bryn Mawr College solidified my loathing of white women, for many of the reasons explored here. There’s an interesting intersection of race and class that a lot of people cannot properly engage with without being HORRIFYING. I am reminded of my old classmate who gushed about the Civil War and about how it wasn’t about slavery and told me she wanted to wear a shirt with the stars and bars just to offend the SJ types around. Looking at me as if I was in on her little take that to people who also aren’t affected by it.
Reblogging for commentary.
You remember too much,
my mother said to me recently.
Why hold onto all that?
And I said,
Where do I put it down?