Harper, S. R., & Nichols, A. H. (2008). Are They Not All The Same?: Racial Heterogeneity Among Black Male Undergraduates. Journal of College Student Development, 49(3), 199-214.
An erroneous assumption is often made that Black men, one of the most stereotyped groups on college and university campuses, all share common experiences and backgrounds. Using Celious and Oyserman’s (2001) Heterogeneous Race Model as a conceptual framework, we explored within-group differences among Black male undergraduates at three private institutions. Data collected from 39 participants reveal insights into the origins and characterizations of diversity among Black men, as well as the stereotypes, competition, and social distance associated with racial heterogeneity. Implications for Black male solidarity on campuses where few are enrolled and expanding conceptualizations of interacting “across difference” are offered at the end of this article.
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