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Bachelor of Arts




Internalized racism, the acceptance of racist beliefs and stereotypes regarding one's own racial group, has been shown to predict negative physical and mental health outcomes. In order to remedy these negative health outcomes, we need to first better understand internalized racism. Community internalized racism, or the internalized racism of one's in-group, has not yet been examined. Humans are embedded within social contexts, so the role of community internalized racism likely matters just as much, if not more, than self internalized racism. I examined (1) the roles of community and self internalized racism in predicting wellbeing; and (2) whether low levels of community internalized racism may protect the individual from the negative effects of self internalized racism. My findings suggest communities that reject racist beliefs and stereotypes protect their community members from the harmful effects of internalized racism.