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Adjusting to a New Racial Climate: Maintenance of Personal Integrity

O'Shan Darius Gadsden
Journal of Religion and Health
Vol. 44, No. 3 (Fall, 2005), pp. 263-266
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27512869
Page Count: 4
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Adjusting to a New Racial Climate: Maintenance of Personal Integrity
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Abstract

This paper will focus on the writer's experience as a native New Yorker relocating to Montgomery, Alabama. The writer will share how he adjusted and coped with overt discrimination and racism in the context of the high school in which he attended there-a majority white high school on the "other" side of town. The writer will share how he employed the following coping mechanisms as methods of adjusting to his new environment: translating emotional experiences into words (relaxation and talk therapy), involvement with other black positive peers, careful assessment before acting, withdrawal and avoidance, and consuming African-American literature.

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