Subtle and hidden racism: Confronting a covert enemy
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Created on: September 22, 2009 Last Updated: April 22, 2011
“I’m really surprised…you’re soooo articulate!”
“What she’s saying, Lucille is….”
“We require proof that you have a degree before you can work here.”
“I have Black friends, so I can use that expression.”
“Oh, come on, you’re too sensitive”.
These are the verbal expressions of covert racism. In the first example, expressing shock and surprise that a Black person speaks intelligently is an old racist code that allows the speaker to hide behind some form of twisted compliment. It is now treated as an overt form of racism and is often confronted accordingly.
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