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Day 18: Racial Identity Development

Racial Identity Development has been described as a dynamic developmental process that occurs over time. Racial identity is personal development that matures over time and is affected by personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural environments.


This is a snippet from a Ted Talk, where Abbie Van Hook talks about reframing racial identity. Reflecting on her study abroad trip to Ghana, she suggests that racial identity is a bit more complex than one might initially believe.

The New York Times put together this collection of videos that captures Americans having conversations about their racial identity. (Users who have not registered with will be required to register before gaining access to a linked page. The registration process cannot be bypassed; however, registration is free.)

Reflection and Response

When did you first become aware of your racial identity?

When has how others perceived your racial identity affected how they treat you?