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Thursday, December 04, 2003

Racism makes you dumb

The ever-informative Jerry Doolittle of Bad Attitudes linked a while back to a report on the cognitive peculiarities of white racists:
A new study from Dartmouth suggests that white racists suffer temporarily lowered cognitive ability just after they interact with black people.

Thanks to Science News. Unfortunately, their web site doesn’t have the full article, which, though brief, has some good information. The basic idea is that when a white racist sees and talks to a black person, the racist brain gets totally occupied trying to control itself, and so for some yet-to-be-determined time period, the racist becomes measurably stupider than before the stressful encounter.
For some reason I'm reminded of the Sharon Stone flashing scene in Basic Instinct.
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