Last year, a fraternity at the University of Michigan hosted a party themed “Hood Ratchet Thursday.” It did not go over well.
Their black schoolmates took to Twitter to air their grievances, launching the#BBUM hashtag to ignite a conversation about being black at a predominantly white school. The experiences ranged from subtle racism to overt discrimination. In the following months, black students from other predominantly white colleges encouraged similardiscussions.
The stress associated with being a racial minority on campus has been linked to mental health issues such as depression and isolation. However, much of the related public debate and research is focused on minority students enrolled in predominantly white institutions.