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Covert Racism

What is covert racism?  


This question has been asked countless times in recent years as more and more people begin to recognize the difference between overt and covert forms of racism. While overt racism is blatant and easy to identify, covert racism is much more insidious and often goes unnoticed.  

It can take many different forms, from microaggressions and implicit biases to institutional racism and white privilege. Despite its subtlety, covert racism can have just as much of an impact on people's lives as its more overt counterpart.  

In this article, we'll explore the nuances of covert racism and how it manifests in our society today. 

There are moments when the world seems to be progressing when humanity is evolving beyond the old prejudices and misunderstandings that once divided us. But then, in a blink of an eye, you see examples of covert racism lurking beneath the surface.  

It's the off-hand comments that feel harmless, but carry with them the weight of centuries of oppression. It's the assumptions made about a person's abilities or character based solely on the color of their skin.  

This covert racism is insidious and pervasive, infecting every corner of society. But understanding its impact is the first step towards unmasking it and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.


Identifying covert racism  


Many believe that racism is only overt, in the form of white hoods and offensive language. However, covert racism is even more dangerous as it goes unnoticed by many.  

This type of racism can come in many forms, including microaggressions, colorblindness, and passive behavior. Covert racism is harder to identify compared to overt racism which makes it more elusive.  

Recognizing covert racism is essential in fighting against it, so educating people on its subtle but damaging effects can help create a more inclusive society. 


Effects of covert racism 

Covert racism at work is a pervasive issue that often goes unnoticed. It's a type of racism that hides behind seemingly innocent comments or actions, such as microaggressions or unconscious bias.  

Despite its subtlety, covert racism can lead to a toxic work environment, lowered morale, and a lack of diversity and inclusion. How do we identify and combat covert racism? We need an understanding of racism's manifestations, and a commitment to a culture of respect and inclusivity.  

Together, let's unmask covert racism and create a fairer, more inclusive future. 



Covert racism is a deeply ingrained and subtle form of discrimination that operates under the radar. It's the type of racism that's insidious and almost impossible to detect - unless, of course, you're the one experiencing it.  

It's the micro-aggressions at work. The funny look from the cashier.  

The "You're so articulate." It's a way of life for many people of color, and it's time we confront it head-on.  

Because until we do, we'll continue to perpetuate a system that's rigged against those who don't fit the prescribed mold. So let's open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to the realities of covert racism - and work together to dismantle it, one conversation at a time.