Faculty Presentations

Racial Isolation: The Impact of White Flight on Those Left Behind

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American Educational Research Association Annual Conference / San Francisco, CA

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Conference Proceeding


This qualitative study explored effects of minority isolation on White students -- perceptions of self-esteem, ethnic identity, and racial isolation. Participants were 10 White Anglo students, aged 15-18 years, who provided information via two sources: A written document addressing six questions and an interview. Interviews tapes were transcribed and hand coded for themes and clusters of meanings. Most participants indicated they had a strong sense of cultural identity and were proud to be Americans. This pride led them to delineate cultural identifiers such as language, work ethic, moral code, and social code to name a few. Their pride as Americans resounded in their pride in themselves. Although they discussed some negative group traits, this did not lead to negative self-evaluations.

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