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Sixth Grade Latina/o Youth: Voicing Their Experiences and Responses to Racial Microaggressions
by López, Dolores, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 124; 10605045
Abstract (Summary)

Racial microaggressions are prevalent in today’s society and have the power to affect lived experiences of People of Color. Although previous studies have explored experiences and responses to racism, most have been done at the post-secondary level. Therefore, this study explores how Latina/o students in grade 6th experience racism. Utilizing a Latina/o Critical Theory analysis and racial microaggression analytical tool, this qualitative study explores how students experience and respond to covert racism and the effects it yields. It also seeks to explore whether class plays a role on these experiences and responses. The study revealed that: (1) regardless of social class, 6th grade Latina/o youth experience and response to racial microaggressions the same way, (2) children are able to describe an internalization of white supremacy, and (3) although students attempt to resist racial marginalization, their responses yield to subordination because they do not have the tools, or strategies, to help them resist in transformative and liberating ways.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perez-Huber, Lindsay
Commitee: Gamble, Brandon, Jimenez-Hami, Ana
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Elementary education, Latcrit, Latina/o, Microaggressions
Publication Number: 10605045
ISBN: 978-0-355-21927-2
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