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Diana Gildea

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of internalized racism. This concept has a plethora of effects on the Black community and other communities of color. Despite this, internalized racism is misunderstood and understudied due to difficulty in understanding the subject matter. As a college student, the author discusses the influence of internalized racism on Black college students’ mental health and academic achievements. As a result, the author details the extensive psychological and emotional effects of internalized racism on Black students at the college level. Also, potential solutions like the implementation of SAFE-CO is provided as means to oppose internalized racism.

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