“I Think About It All The Time”: A 12-Year-Old Girl's Internal Crisis With Racism and the Effects on her Mental Health


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Abstract

I conducted an ethnographic study, situated within the conceptual framework of Critical Race Theory, which illustrates one child's experiences with racism. The study was conducted in an urban after-school program, and explores issues of racism in both the school and community settings. Utilizing the storytelling aspect of Critical Race Theory, I explore the racial experiences of a 12-year-old African-American girl, and the dichotomous emotions of sadness and anger that emerge. I describe the risk to this child's emotional well-being, and suggest a need within the mental health field to create a framework to deal with the trauma caused by racism.

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