Analysis Of ' Our Leaders Are Just We Ourself '

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Andrea D. Domingue in her article Our Leaders Are Just We Ourself”: Black Women College Student Leaders’ Experiences With Oppression and Sources of Nourishment on a Predominantly White College Campus, explains that feelings of inferiority and person experiences with microaggressions is very common for black women who attend predominately white universities to experience. She states” Voicing and silencing, like the other subthemes of interpersonal interactions with oppression (stereotypes, microaggressions, and presentation expectations) indicate a considerable burden on black women college student leaders.” She believes that this occurs because “These instances created a climate for black women college student leaders that heightened their…show more content…
Often times this feeling of suffering that many black students face at schools are silenced and made to believe that it does not because our country doesn’t “see color”. But not acknowledging that schools serves as a place of suffering to Black students is doing them a disservice and continuing to add to the burden of what it means to be black in America. Pelina and Nicole were less hesitant to blame their college struggle on race directly. While they both understood that race creates barrier in the society they did not attribute that to their hardships faced in college. They listed other outside sources such as income, network, motivation, and one’s brain capacity. But both emphasize that class, not race, is the main contributor to student’s performance in college. Although it may not be direct, there is no doubt a relationship between class and race that we cannot ignore. In his article, Race, Socioeconomic Status and Health: Complexities, Ongoing Challenges and Research Opportunities, David Williams explain that while looking at the data from 1998 -2006 “Both blacks and Hispanics have levels of overall poverty that are two to three times higher than those of whites. Asians have poverty levels that are generally comparable to those of the white population” (pg. 6) . He goes further in explaining these disparities and mentions that “Among persons with income in the bottom 20% of all US households, for every dollar of
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