I remember all of the ridicule and scorn I received from classmates
when I was an undergraduate at EWU. I'm lucky I came from a strong
family background, went there with friends from high school and met
professors who believed in me. Not every student of color gets this.
It really makes a difference.
I regularly mentor doctoral students in both education and business who are in some way working to research and then diminish the "achievement gap" between white and minority American populations. Ridicule and scorn would certainly add to that - making it so easy for an aspiring minority student to legitimately say, "Who needs this?"
Are there authors you would suggest the my students read?
Who do you see as leaders in the discussion towards building diverse educational practice. Being a minority in Ireland (a Yank) I am aware that difference makes us hypersensitive to many small comments. My Irish friends would be horrified if they knew how I interpret some of the things that happen - then years later I find I interpret them differently.
As the international environment becomes less and less nationalistic these are issues faced everywhere.