DETROIT (WWJ) – If you’ve ever walked down the street and had people cross the street to avoid your path or heard a racially charged slur shouted in your direction — you may not be aware of the number of ways black men experience discrimination both overt and subtle.

A new University of Michigan study says a broad cross-section of black men across the country experience discrimination on a weekly, or even daily basis.

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The U of M study says most research on discrimination has focused on major occurrences like being unfairly fired from a job, denied bank loans, or being stopped and harassed by police.

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“Everyday discrimination represents less serious forms of discrimination but are still common and impactful on individuals,” said Robert Joseph Taylor, the Harold R. Johnson Professor of Social Work and the study’s lead author.

But researchers say blacks can also face “everyday discrimination,” like being followed by an employee while shopping in a store, being verbally assaulted with racist words or threats, or others being afraid of you as you walk by.

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The findings will appear in a future issue of the journal “Race and Justice.”