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Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education

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Critical race theory -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States, English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Social aspects -- United States, Narration (Rhetoric) -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States, Storytelling in education -- United States, Racism in education -- United States, Discrimination in education -- United States, Social justice


Using critical race counterstorytelling, I tell a story about the experiences of Mexican/Mexican American/Xicanx (MMAX) undergraduate students at private, historically and predominantly white university in the Northeast. Drawing on in-depth interviews, participant observations, pláticas, document analyses, and literature on race and space and racism in higher education, I argue that the racially hostile campus environment experienced by MMAX students at their respective university manifests itself as a form of educational-environmental racism. Through narrated dialogue, Aurora (a composite character) and I delve into a critical conversation about how educational-environmental racism is experienced by MMAX students through a racialized landscape in the following ways: 1) Discriminatory Objects and Symbols on Campus; 2) Glorification of Historical Trauma; and 3) Lack of Physical Representation and Cultural Deprivation.


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