I read an article today that I find profoundly disturbing.  Racial prejudice against blacks is every bit as prevalent as it was four years ago.  If anything, it has increased.  How do we know?  Studies done by researchers at Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago on behalf of the Associated Press.  Perhaps the most shocking, naive as I may be, is that the anti black sentiment extends to greater than 50% of Americans.   The prejudice was both explicit and implicit.  So....my question....Is it true that we are hardwired to feel comfortable with others that we recognize as being "akin to me"? I believe it is.  I also believe that that wiring is put in place by experience and learning.  Can we retrain this social immune system to recognize humanity as kin rather than focus on false and inconsequential differences?  This is an unacceptable and unsustainable situation. 

--Dave

the link below is the academic paper available from Stanford University

http://tinyurl.com/8pzbebm

 


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