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Jeremy Adam Smith Racism is not a mental illness

On Wednesday, a young white man named Dylann Roof killed nine black people at prayer in South Carolina. Some have called it racism. Others say it was a crazy, isolated act. “He was one of these whacked out kids,” said Senator Lindsey Graham. “I don’t think it’s anything broader than … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith Othering, Belonging, and Impermanence

I’m writing to you from the Othering & Belonging conference in Oakland, California, sponsored by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

I wanted to attend because of the title: it’s rare that a conference will try to dialectically encompass both a problem and a solution in its own name. The … More >

Jack Glaser Why Gov. Nixon has to remove prosecutor

We are a long way from knowing precisely what happened in Ferguson, two weeks ago, but one thing is clear: The town’s name has become yet another synonym for the chasm of experience dividing white and black America. Time and again, young African-American men have been fatally shot by police … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith What does prejudice reveal about what it means to be human?

The questions raised by racism and xenophobia go straight to the heart of what it means to be human, for they involve dehumanization. Prejudice means we implicitly embrace a definition of humanity that includes some — usually those who most resemble us — and excludes others.

That’s why Susan T. Fiske … More >

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Does White identity predict positive or negative attitudes towards diversity?

In recent years, research on White identity has gained traction in the psychological literature, as researchers and clinicians have grown to realize that this group also struggles with questions such as, “what does it mean to be White in my culture,” and “what does being White mean to me?”

One of … More >

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Accusations of discrimination: Finger pointing vs. teachable moments

So, two guys walk into a bar…

and quite suddenly this story turns unfunny.

As reported here, two African American men sitting at a bar in Georgia were apparently asked to vacate their seats so that the seats could be given to two White women. At issue is whether this is a … More >

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Can empathy be bad for intergroup interactions?

You’d think it’d be difficult to argue against the following straightforward recommendation: Increase empathy towards outgroups, and you should be able to reduce prejudice and improve intergroup relations. Alas, as with most things having to do with human behavior, the reality is not straightforward, and empathy … More >

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Should we talk to young children about race?

One of the most talked-about recent studies on how parents talk to their children about race, featured in the book “Nurture Shock,” is famous for an odd reason: the study was never completed, and no findings were published. Why? As it turns out, parents had signed up for a study about … More >

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Drawing from experience

Many years of studying intergroup conflict have taught me this: the world is like a coloring book, and culture our crayons. You see, the world provides us with only an outline, a suggestion, of what the boundaries of our experience should be. We fill in these outlines with our own … More >

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