Impostor syndrome? No. Just racism.

Ebony McGee 05 June 2021


The popular notion of ‘impostor syndrome’ obscures the effects of structural racism. Too often, black people and other people of colour are placed in situations where they’re made to feel like impostors, as if they don’t belong. But when they perceive, accurately, that others think they don’t belong, they may accept the pop-psychology diagnosis that they have a ‘syndrome’ sometimes called ‘impostor phenomenon’.


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