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This purposed study about stereotypes as relative to racism allow society to Better understand how black students cope with stereotypical judgments about their pre conceived notions of their intelligence or their ability to succeed in college Stereotypes are defined as overgeneralizations about the appearance behavior or other characteristics of members of particular categories Sociology in Our Times306 The African Americans are the members of such a particular category known as the minorities to the predominantly white institution In order to understand what they go through this study Facing Stereotypes A case study of black students on a white campus was conducted It consisted of focus groups and selected individual interviews with fifteen academically successful black students who talked about what and how they deal with stereotyping among their ethic group Stereotyping can be either positive or negative however in this situation the blacks are being stereotyped of negative expectations and perceived as intellectually inferior Due to such assumptions black students feel abandoned and isolated from the campus and the college life As students they encounter a number of problems at college They experience racism as to being asked questions about their right to be on campus The white peers perceive black students as less capable and to have low academic achievement This creates an impact on the students mind and these students may conform to the stereotypes and begin to drop themselves down to the discriminating standards of low academic capabilities As a result dropping out becomes their answer for constantly being questioned On the other hand if they do not drop out they spend an enormous amount of time and energy establishing their credibility in the classroom The study explored the academic social and racial experiences of 15 black students persisting towards degree completion at a PWI PWI stands for predominantly white institution Three questions guided this research 1 What academic experiences shape the experiences of black students at a PWI 2
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