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Reprinted from I Was Their American Dream (copyright 2019 by Malaka Gharib). Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC hide caption

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California's multilanguage "I Voted" stickers on offer for early voters at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, Calif. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A screenshot from a Facebook Live video recorded Sunday and posted by Corey Lewis, who said a woman called police on him for babysitting two white children who "don't look like me." Corey Lewis via Facebook hide caption

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Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, speaks Friday during a campaign rally in Orlando. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Election Is Latest Target Of White Supremacist Robocalls

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Lívia Suarez, who runs La Frida Bike, arrives at the Dendê Valley boot camp for entrepreneurs in Salvador's city center. Catherine Osborn/NPR hide caption

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'I Know How Far I Can Go': Black Entrepreneurs Overcome Challenges In Brazil

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The now infamous incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia is far from isolated. Experts say it echoes a tragic past that excluded black people from public spaces. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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Nordstrom Rack: "We have three gentlemen..."

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Children climb the barrier to watch the Boston Marathon runners in the iconic "scream tunnel" near Wellesley College on April 17, 2017, in Wellesley, Ma. Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images hide caption

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In a full-issue article on Australia that ran in National Geographic in 1916, aboriginal Australians were called "savages" who "rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings." The magazine examines its history of racist coverage in its April issue. C.P. Scott (L) and H.E. Gregory (R)/National Geographic hide caption

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Samantha Pierce of Cleveland has a 7-year-old daughter, Camryn. In 2009, Pierce gave premature birth to twins. The babies did not survive. Scientists say black women lead more stressful lives, which makes them more likely to give birth prematurely and puts their babies at risk of dying. Dustin Franz for NPR hide caption

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How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants

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A demonstrator carries a sign that says "More than 300,000 Negroes are Denied Vote in Ala" to protest then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace's visit to Indianapolis in 1964. The word "Negro" was widely used to describe black people in the U.S. during the early civil rights era. Bob Daugherty/AP hide caption

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The 2010 census form included separate questions about race and Hispanic origin. The White House has yet to announce its decision on a proposal that would allow race and ethnicity to be asked in a single, combined question on the 2020 census. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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If the White House approves a proposal to change the way the government collects race and ethnicity data, white people in the U.S. may be asked to check off boxes about their ethnic background. On this 2010 census form, answering "white" was enough to respond to the race question. blackwaterimages/Getty Images hide caption

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