Vicarious racism: a qualitative analysis of experiences with secondhand racism in graduate education

Kimberly A. Truong, Samuel D. Museus, Keon McGuire

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Abstract

In this article, the authors examine the role of vicarious racism in the experiences of doctoral students of color. The researchers conducted semi-structured individual interviews with 26 doctoral students who self-reported experiencing racism and racial trauma during their doctoral studies. The analysis generated four themes that detail the different ways in which doctoral students of color in the study experienced vicarious racism and the consequences of this secondhand racism. These themes are (a) observed racism, (b) trickledown racism, (c) normalization of racism, and (d) racial resistance. The article concludes with implications for future research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-247
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 7 2016

Keywords

  • higher education
  • racism
  • vicarious racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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