Cornell study reveals how everyday racism impacts Black couples


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Research from Cornell University reveals how everyday racism impacts Black couples. The study found that when one significant other was “angered or saddened by an incident of routine racism,” the overall relationship suffered.

The participants included nearly 100 Black couples from the Chicago area who completed online surveys about their daily experience for 21 consecutive evenings. On average, those surveyed were 36 years old and had been in their relationship for approximately seven years.

The surveys measured relationship quality, trust, intimacy, and the impact of “experiencing 20 different daily experiences of racial discrimination.”

Incidents of racism included offensive jokes, being mistaken for someone of the same race, and disrespectful treatment. The research from Cornell is the first of its kind to examine racism in the lives of Black couples.

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