March 25, 2009
My Team, Right or Wrong

Mildly encouraging (depending on how you feel about tribalism) news from The Situationist:

White people don’t show hints of unconscious bias against blacks who belong to the same group as them, a new study suggests.

But this lack of bias only applied to black people in their group, according to the findings. Most white people in the study still showed evidence of some unconscious bias towards blacks who were in an opposing group, or who were unaffiliated with either group.

What impressed the researchers, however, was just how quickly these group bonds could form. The lack of bias toward fellow black group members was uncovered just minutes after whites joined the mixed-race group, and without participants even meeting their fellow members personally…


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 25, 2009 07:11 PM
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Yes, it's strange. An uncle of mine, a hardcore Nazi (Ex-SS) and racist, would have gone to hell and back for his Turkish and Arab apprentices (after WWII) and the Jews living next door (during WWII; he actually risked his life for them). Foreigners he knew were human beings, all others weren't.

Posted by: Peter on March 26, 2009 11:10 AM
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