Black in the Twenty-First Century: A Student's Reflection on Racial Conflict in a BSW Program

  • Chrissy Lynn Davis MSW Student, University of Denver


This narrative is a refiection about the author's recent encounter, as a young African American woman, with racial confiict in an undergraduate social work program at a predominately white university in the Midwest. This narrative tells not only the author's response to this racial confiict with one non-minority student, it also tells the story of the silence and complicity of the undergraduate program in letting this incident and similar derogatory incidents experienced by other students of color go unchallenged. This narrative suggests that, long afier the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, racism continues—even in a social work education program.

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