Thursday, November 18, 2010

We Might Be More Racist Than We Think We Are

Beacon Press
By Susan T. Fiske

The good news is that our prejudices are not inevitable -- we can fight them with broad social efforts to challenge stereotypes and by working together across group lines.
November 17, 2010

Reprinted from Are We Born Racist: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology, edited by Jason Marsh, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, and Jeremy Adam Smith. Copyright (c) 2010. Excerpted with permission from Beacon Press,

How prejudiced are you?
Most people think they’re less biased than average. But just as we can’t all be better than average, we can’t all be less prejudiced than average. Although the success of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign suggests an America that is moving past traditional racial divisions and prejudices, it’s probably safe to assume that all of us harbor more biases than we think.

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