Stereotype Threat: is the experience of anxiety or concern in a situation where a person has the potential to confirm a negative stereotype about their social group. Stereotype threat is a measure of how social context can influence academic performance (via Wikipedia). The terminology is often related to African American students who may do extremely well in school, but when it comes to standardized test tend to score low because of existing stereotypes that state that African American students tend to fare poorly.
This seems to be the same difference with Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) making it to the NCAA March Madness festivities. Norfolk State University Spartans upset Missouri to make it to the 3rd round; and lost big to Florida. Many college basketball aficionados are not surprised. Many alumni from HBCUs are equally not surprised. Yet Norfolk State University Men’s Basketball Team has nothing to hang their head about.
Just like the first African American president of the United States; he got there. As they are the first HBCU to get to round 3…they got there. That means there are more to come. And one day when we least expect it, an athletic team from a HBCU will be the NCAA Division I Champions!