Two Types of Racial Discrimination

Natasha K. Warikoo

in Balancing Acts

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262102
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947795 | DOI:
Two Types of Racial Discrimination

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Peer cultures are most prominently about music and style, but they have serious ramifications for adult perceptions of students. Racial stigma within a peer culture has its own ramifications for experiences with racial discrimination. This chapter analyzes second-generation perceptions of racial discrimination in and out of school. Although more than half of Americans report that they have experienced some form of day-to-day discrimination in their lives, all stereotypes and sources of discrimination are not equal. Second-generation Indians report much higher rates of racial discrimination in school than Afro-Caribbeans, which comes not from teachers and the school as an institution, but rather from peers, stemming from Indian students' low peer status. Afro-Caribbeans report high rates of discrimination outside school, from unfamiliar adults, such as shopkeepers, the police, and potential employers, who perceive them as dangerous or delinquent. These findings suggest that if experiences with discrimination in school lead to aversion to it, such aversion should be found among Indians, who are high achievers on both sides of the Atlantic. Afro-Caribbeans' experiences with discrimination outside school are an unlikely explanation for low academic achievement inside it. The very different types of racial stigma for second-generation Indians and Afro-Caribbeans lead to different consequences for status in the peer social world, and also for future opportunities for success in the adult social world.

Keywords: racial discrimination; adult exclusion; peer bullying; peer status; academic achievement

Chapter.  6388 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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