Friday, May 7, 2010

"It turns out that students that first saw stereotypical images of Chief Ill...


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It turns out that students that first saw stereotypical images of Chief Illiniwek were more willing to endorse stereotypical statements about Asian Americans. The same was true of students who read a fictional biography of Chief Illiniwek (taken from the University of Illinois website), compared to students who read a generic description of an Arts Center taken from the same website.

We usually think about racism as something that's motivated by racial hatred of a targeted ethnic group. Instead, this study tells us that even exposure to racial stereotypes appears to encourage an overall more black-and-white (pardon the pun) outlook on the world — even against unrelated groups. Thus, right-wing pundits and fear-mongerers who perpetuate the racist notion that all Muslims are terrorists (for example) doesn't just affect the Muslim community. It's likely to encourage anti-black, anti-Latino, anti-Native American and anti-Asian resentment and stereotyping as well.

It might seem like a discouraging finding. But I actually see this study's significance as positive. What more evidence do we need that in combating racism, coalition-building between minority communities is not only beneficial, but necessary? Further, it's not hard to imagine, given Dr. Kim-Prieto's data, that stereotyping effect extends beyond racism. In other words, I wouldn't be surprised if internalizing race-based stereotypes also encouraged gender-based, sexuality-based, and class-based stereotyping, as well. We need to build bridges there, too.


- This Stereotype Affects You, Too | Race in America | (via clingtomymouth) (via ekswitaj)


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