Race as Unintellectual

Abstract

Race as Unintellectual presents the results of a comparative interview study of black law students and social science students at both a predominantly white institution (PWI) and a historically black university (HBCU). While black students at the HBCU feel encouraged to explore racial issues in class, their black counterparts at the PWI fear that talking about race diminishes their intellectual standing. Afraid of confirming stereotypes about their intellectual inferiority, black students at the PWI report significantly limiting or altogether avoiding discussions of race in the classroom. The article suggests that to truly foster “a robust exchange of ideas” universities should think more about the institutional cultures that minority students enter after they are admitted.

By uclalaw