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Racist people are also the least able to recognize their own racism: study

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Overt racism is still very much alive and well in America, as demonstrated by incidents like the deadly neo-Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But often racism takes more subtle, casual forms. And according to a new study published in the academic journal Personality and Individual Differences, the most racially biased people are also the least likely people to be able to accurately assess their own level of racial bias.

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The studies’ authors, University of London professor Keon West and Florida International University assistant professor Asia Eaton, asked participants to rank their own egalitarianism on race, and then performed the Black vs. White Implicit Associations Test. What they found was that those who scored poorly on the test also had the greatest deviation between their self-assessment and their actual score.

In one sense, this is not a surprise — it is in line with the Dunning-Kruger effect, where people inflate their own self-assessments in the face of their own inability to make an objective determination.

The result has troubling consequences for society as a whole, as interacting with the world without understanding your own racial bias can have dangerous implications for oneself and others. The authors conclude, however, that the study is also instructive of a change of approach to how we fight racism: “It is thus possible that some solutions to contemporary prejudice may rely less on motivation and more on education.”


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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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