Claims of ‘post-racial’ society and other denials of racism may reflect ignorance of history

Asian News International:

New research has suggested 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 and 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.

To assess whether individuals from minority groups might be more attuned to the reality of racism, the researchers adopted methods from work in signal detection theory.

Their research is reported in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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