#ITooAmHarvard is a project by Black students at Harvard to speak out about the racism that they experience in their daily lives as students. It will also be a play.
Pretty heartbreaking. These beautiful and bright students deserve so much better. Above I included some of the photographs (there’s many more) of Black women who are students there because I think it’s important to point out how racism is not only impacting Whites’ perception of their intelligence but also how White people approach their appearance as well, in gender-specific ways. This is heartbreaking to me albeit not surprising. The myth that working hard = happy payoff is a fairy tale. Racism is ubiquitous.
I really wish them the best with their education and the ability to navigate these microaggressions and overt acts of racism. This stuff increases stereotype threat and impacts mental health and health which impacts performance. I want the best for them. Much love. ❤
The hair one always bugs me, cause I see that happen all the time. It happens to my friend with really curly hair, too—but not as much as girls with corn rows, dreads, braids, etc. I’d hope that people would understand petting someone randomly is just not okay…even if you ask first. Like it’s just fucking weird.
The hair thing bothers me too, and I got to experience it first hand (something I never thought would happen, as I’m white. I went to Jamaica on a mission trip several years ago, and not only did all of the students (elementary through high school) want to touch our hair, but a couple of girls just came up and pulled my pony-tail-holder out and started running their fingers through my hair.
So I agree, being pet when you don’t want it is really annoying, and I sympathize.