According to a recent study, people are more empathetic towards whites than blacks, especially regarding medical treatment or pain.

The discovery is known as the “racial empathy gap.” It shows that people including medical personnel assume blacks feel less pain than whites.

From Huffington Post:

 “people, including medical personnel, assume black people feel less pain than white people and helps explain disparities in areas from health care to criminal justice. The findings come just several months after a study published in a March issue of the American Journal of Public Health reported researchers found that two-thirds of doctors harbored “unconscious” racial biases toward patients.”

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The “racial empathy gap” lends itself to explanation for “unconscious” racial biases. It also tells us what people think being black means.

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