Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Can’t say I’m surprised by this. I’m a person who feels like there will always be racism, but I’m also a person who feels like inevitably we can hopefully create a society where people have equal opportunities. According to ABC:
Deciding whom we will trust, especially with our money, may be shaped more by unconscious racial biases than many of us would like to admit, according to new research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We strive as a culture to not let race bias be a significant factor in the way we choose to do things and on an individual level, we all assume that our beliefs reflect our actions, but we have to be aware of the fact that this won’t always be the case,” says Elizabeth Phelps, a psychologist at New York University who was a co-author of the study.
Psychologists have shown that there is a distinction between the attitudes, beliefs, and self-perceptions we consciously, or explicitly, hold, and those that we may hold without thinking about them. Sometimes these conscious and unconscious attitudes match each other — other times not.