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Racism manifests itself negatively in both the mental and physical health of those who experience racism. There are three levels to this racism:

1) Active racism, or overt racism. An obvious example is violence directed at somebody for being a certain race. This causes adrenaline-related stress, as well as the obvious negative health affects of violence.

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By Rayne F.

On the South Side of Chicago, the Youngers do dwell
Being a black, poor family, not everything’s swell.
However, they each have a wish and a dream
All have high hopes, or so it does seem.

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By Aisha, Age 15

How do I tell myself the truth?

That I decided to stay.

Then the rain and ocean,

Once providers,

Turned and crashed back.

On my haven.

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