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Now You Don’t See It, Now You Don’t: White Lives As Covert Racism

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This chapter relays personal stories that highlight covert racism and connect these stories to the issues of racial identity development, marginalization, stereotypes and media, national holidays, multiracialness, and cultural survival. Listening to stories from people who are experiencing the pain of racism is a step toward understanding the many ways covert racism occurs. When covert behaviors are made visible, one can begin to take personal action and challenge systems to reduce racism and create a more equitable environment. Native American children are negatively affected by school policies which allow these stories to be taught without adequate discussion, and those actions and policies negatively impact the academic experiences of other children as well. Native Americans are expected to prove their legitimacy through blood quantum, ancestry, and knowledge of cultural customs. In fact, the majority of Native Americans in the United States are of mixed racial heritage.

Keywords:covert racism; native Americans; United States

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