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Racism and its Effect on Youth

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Ajith Thangavelautham

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Racism and its
Effect on Youth
By: Ajith Thangavelautham
Research Method
Research Question
Racism and the pressures adolescents feel because of it
explore how teens react
What is Racism
Unfounded judgement, assumptions, opinions or actions towards a person or group based on the belief that one race is superior to another
How does racial discrimination affect the future decisions and behaviours of today’s youth?
Students who feel judged by their race will move away from their traditional values to prove that they are not classified by these racial stereotypes.
28 students from Victoria Park C.I.
Random age, gender and race
After events of racial discrimination do you feel negatively about your race?
“No, I do not. After events of discrimination it gives me a reason to have even more pride in where I come from, so that when someone speaks negatively about my race, I am able to respond with confidence.”

Does racism make you feel ashamed of your ethnicity?
“No, I still attend religious events and perform religious acts. If I am ashamed of who I am and where I come from, I cannot expect others to respect my culture and religion either.”

How have events of racial discrimination affected your future decisions, if at all?
“They have made me more aware of educating my peers about my ethnicity."
“Positive emotional experiences with members of different groups can also reduce negative stereotypes” (Cohen, 2014, para. #6).

Increased acceptance of variety of people
General multicultural population of Canada
People may respond to racism with arousal (aggression), avoidance (loss of memory for the event, emotional numbing)” (Carter, 2014, para. #45).

Most common reactions
No affect because racism has become normalized
“The more strongly a person identified with one's own ethnic group, the less likely they were to display negative symptoms. The study concluded ethnic identity directly protects individuals from discrimination” (Na, 2014, para. #4).

Strong ethnic/family bonds reduce the effect of racism

Youth have been able to overcome racism due to its consistence
Instead of moving away from their culture they become more connected with it
The strength of a person's ethnic/family bond plays a role in how they react to racism
Places to Seek Help
Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination
Stop Racism and Hate Collective
Anti-Racism Resource Centre
Discussion Question
Potential dishonesty
“Fear and helplessness associated with racial trauma may not be openly shared due to the chronic nature of racism” (Carter, 2014, para. #45).
Participants mainly of Asian descent
New Directions
verify my conclusions
How youth cope with racism
What has helped them become able to cope with racism
What neutralizes negative effects of racism
Compare different generations of people and how they react differently
“How strong of a bond do you have with your ethnic culture on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the strongest?”
“How strong of a bond do you have with your family on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the strongest?”
Average of 7-10 = 16 people
Average of 1-6 = 12 people
What are the long-term consequences of our desensitization to racism (e.g. stereotyping, racist comments/jokes, unfair judgement)
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