Tuesday, June 16, 2009

More relevant sociological studies - this time "post-racial America" is a myth

I can't say this editorial from yesterday's NYT surprises me much given what I've already read about the pervasiveness of sub-conscious biases we all carry.  It's nevertheless interesting, important and sobering news.

Here's an excerpt:

People who believe that blunt-force racism is a thing of the past tend to gasp when they see this data. But the findings are consistent with what black job seekers and community organizations have been saying about their experiences for a long time.

All of this should come as sobering news to people who believe that the election of an African-American president moved the country into a new phase beyond racism. We may yet reach that goal. But we won’t do it by pretending that centuries-old biases were magically swept away in a single election. We can do it only by exorcising poisonous preconceptions that go to the very heart of who we are.

You can read the rest here.  I am the scholarship dude.  (jbl)


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