If you were consulted by this counselor, what suggestions would you make?

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If you were consulted by this counselor, what suggestions would you make?

Ronnie, an African American student, moved with his family into a mostly White community and attends high school there. Almost immediately he was on the receiving end of racial jokes and experienced social isolation. A teacher noticed his isolation and sent him to the school counselor. It is evident to the counselor that Ronnie is being discriminated against, not only by many of the students but also by some of the faculty. The counselor has no reason to doubt the information provided by Ronnie because she is aware of racism in the school and in the community. She determines that it would be much more practical to help Ronnie learn to ignore the prejudice than to try to change the racist attitudes of the school and the community.

If you were consulted by this counselor, what suggestions would you make?

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I would tell this counselor that by telling Ronnie to ignore the prejudice, she would just perpetuate the systemic racism that occurs at the school. The right thing to do would be to educate the high school community about how wrong racial prejudice is.

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