Study: Latino Students Internalize Racist Language They Hear From Politicians, Media

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Photo: Immigration Activists and Counter Protesters
Immigration activists, left, protest against the Maricopa County Sheriff and Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the county jail in an ongoing effort to get immigration authorities out as counter demonstrators gather as well Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Phoenix.

President Donald Trump changed the tenor of the immigration debate when he said Mexican migrants were "bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists" on the campaign trail.

Comments like that prompted CU Denver counseling professor Carlos Hipolito-Delgado to look into internalized racism among Latino college students. Hipolito-Delgado surveyed around 300 students for the study, and found that the effects of hearing negative language from politicians and pundits can be far-reaching.

Hipolito-Delgado talked to Colorado Matters about how, as Latino students hear people describe them as inferior so often, they start to believe it.