Are We Born Racist?

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-29
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Where do our prejudices come from? Why are some people more biased than others? Is it possible for individuals, and society as a whole, to truly defeat prejudice?Scientists have explored these questions for years, andAre We Born Racist?brings their discoveries to a general audience for the first time, as leading scientists, psychologists, educators, and many others discuss why and how our brains form prejudices, how racism hurts our health, steps we can take to mitigate prejudiced instincts, and what a post-prejudice society might actually look like. Writers inAre We BornRacist?illustrate the deep psychological roots of prejudice, detectable even in our brain activitywhile also proving that we can change our responses to these biases.With its groundbreaking scientific basis and multidisciplinary approach,Are We Born Racist?will appeal to positive psychology enthusiasts, educators, readers of books on race and antiracism, parents, medical professionals, students in a wide range of disciplines, and many others who seek practical, research-based tools for overcoming prejudice.

Author Biography

Jason Marsh is editor-in-chief of Greater Good magazine and coeditor, with Jeremy Adam Smith and Dacher Keltner, of The Compassionate Instinct. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton holds a PhD from Columbia University and is currently associate professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley. Smith is author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon / 2121-7 / $16.00 pb); his writing has appeared in the Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, Utne Reader, Wired, and elsewhere. The editors live in the San Francisco area.

Table of Contents

The New Psychology of Racism
Introduction: The Editorsp. 3
Are We Born Racist?p. 7
Prejudice versus Positive Thinkingp. 17
Framed! Understanding Achievement Gapsp. 24
When Racism Makes Us Sickp. 34
The Unhealthy Racistp. 41
The Egalitarian Brainp. 45
Overcoming Prejudice
Introduction: The Editorsp. 55
How to Talk with Kids about Racep. 58
Promoting Tolerance and Equality in Schoolsp. 64
The Perils of Color Blindnessp. 71
Overcoming Prejudice in the Workplacep. 75
Policing Biasp. 80
˘People Understand Each Other by Talking÷p. 88
Strengthening Our Multiracial Society
Introduction: The Editorsp. 99
Success Strategies for Interracial Couplesp. 103
The Bicultural Advantagep. 111
˘How Can You Do That to Your Children?÷p. 120
Me and My Nosep. 125
Double Bloodp. 130
Truth + Reconciliationp. 136
Acknowledgmentsp. 141
Resourcesp. 142
Contributorsp. 146
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