According to a report released by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, many people don’t understand, nor believe that systematic racism persists.
Content analysis of mainstream media: Two-thirds of race-focused media coverage fails to consider how systemic racism factors into the story, instead typically focusing upon racial slurs and other types of personal prejudice and individual-level racism.
Seven harmful racial discourse practices, which reinforce the common misconception that racism is simply a problem of rare, isolated, individual attitudes and actions: Individualizing Racism, Falsely Equating Incomparable Acts, Diverting From Race, Portraying Government as Overreaching, Prioritizing (Policy) Intent over Impact, Condemning Through Coded Language, and Silencing History.
Watch a breakdown of the report’s findings:
The study, posted in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, reveals that non-blacks who see images of successful blacks makes then think racism doesn’t exist; therefore people lack understanding of what racism actually is.
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