But they also code-switch because they want to be treated and paid fairly and considered for promotions. Or, in service jobs, they code-switch to earn an extra tip. It's more than paranoia. More than half of African-Americans report being personally discriminated against due to their race when it comes to being paid and treated equally, or when being considered for a promotion, according to a Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health study. Even with the many historical advancements that African-Americans have made, including gaining the right to vote in the '60s and electing a black president and more than 20 black women to serve in Congress, some believe it won't be enough for African-Americans to remove the mask because it's too deeply ingrained.
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