Chapter 12 - The Impact of Race and Racism on Students' Emotions: A Critical Race Analysis

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date


Publication Title

Emotion in Education




Race-related differences are highly documented in educational research. Most of these studies examine how race and racism play a critical role in educational practices. However, few studies examine the impact of race-related issues on students' emotions. The dialogue on race and racism elicits many emotions, especially unpleasant emotions. In public settings, people of color who attend gatherings where negative stereotypes regarding people of color are discussed, may feel annoyed, angry, powerless, and pained. In addition, it has been found that raising questions about racism are uncomfortable to Whites and considered divisive. This discomfort creates unpleasant emotions for both, people of color and Whites. To understand the impact of race and racism, it is imperative to understand the emotions that are frequently associated with such topics. Research suggests that researchers, counselors, and educators must do significant work to reach a better understanding of the impact of race and racism on emotions. Schools should begin to encourage constructive dialogues among racial groups regarding race and racism, instead of shrinking away from such difficult conversations. Thus, schools need to recognize the issues of race and racism that exist in their respective school environments and society.


Copyright belongs to Elsevier. Information regarding the dissemination and usage of journal articles can be accessed through the following links.