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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:48 PM

Claims of 'Post-Racial' Society and Other Denials of Racism May Reflect Ignorance of History

an. 15, 2013 New research suggests that commonly observed differences in how groups perceive racism may be explained by ignorance about -- and even denial of -- the extent of racism over the course of history.

The research, conducted by psychological scientists at the University of Kansas and Texas A&M University, indicates that African Americans had more accurate knowledge of historically documented racism compared to European Americans. This difference in historical knowledge partially accounted for group differences in perceptions of racism, both at a systemic and an incident-specific level.

"Survey research consistently documents that, relative to White Americans, people from historically oppressed racial and ethnic minority groups tend to report less satisfaction with race relations, see social inequality as a greater problem, and see more racism in incidents, such as legislation targeting undocumented immigrants and 'stand your ground' laws," say the researchers.

The authors note that these perceptions of racism are often treated as exaggerated or delusional. But theory and research from cultural psychology suggest that differences in how people perceive racism may arise because individuals from minority groups are actually attuned to knowledge that individuals from the majority group lack. Individuals from the majority group may deny racism in the context of current events because they are ignorant about documented racism from the past.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130115143854.htm

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TxDemChem Feb 2013 #1
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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:01 PM

1. I think this is absolutely true

Although I am black and most of my coworkers are white, it seems they sometimes forget we may have different perspectives. One coworker grilled me about why my family's funerals are done in a certain way rather than the 'normal' way. I just said black funerals are different. It's cultural. They forget that.

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Response to TxDemChem (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:03 PM

2. And the historical perspective is true

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If your ancestors were on the wrong end of treatment by this country, then you have an inherent interest in remembering what happened.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:29 PM

4. That's right

And passing it down.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:06 PM

3. kick for truth...

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