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Racism – The Consensus Delusion

April 28, 2010 by and tagged ,

From Jose Marichal, this very interesting article summarizing a study on racist thinking:

Racists take comfort in an imagined consensus. That’s the implication of a new Australian study, which suggests a possible approach to breaking through bigoted beliefs.

The newly published research, which surveyed attitudes towards that nation’s Aboriginal population, found prejudiced people are far more likely than their non-prejudiced neighbors to believe their fellow Australians agree with their attitudes.

Furthermore, they tend to think the attitudes of their friends and colleagues toward the minority group is even more negative than their own — a false belief that allows them to view themselves as safely within the boundaries of community norms.”

More than that:

Does this mean that the solution is to puncture this false sense of consensus or open-mindedness? The article does not say, unfortunately.

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One Response to “Racism – The Consensus Delusion”

  1.   Matt Says:

    Interesting. So the respondents acknowledge that they are somewhat prejudiced, but that they’re still more open-minded than their neighbors with more negative attitudes?

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