Two recent articles in the New York Times illustrate the racism faced by African Americans, often on a daily basis. Sociologist Karyn Lacy discusses the code switching used by middle class African Americans to reduce racial stigmatization. Amy Harmon references the work of Devin English, psychology professor at Rutgers University. English and his team of researchers tracked the experiences of 101 black teenagers in the Washington, D.C. area for two weeks, asking how many times in a day they saw racist images online, how many times they were mistaken for someone of the same race/ethnicity whom they do not resemble, etc. To read Lacy’s article, click here. To read “How much racism do you face very day?” click here.
To hear Karyn Lacy interviewed by Brian Lehrer on WNYC and the experiences of people who called into the show, click here.