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The place do our prejudices come from? Why are a few humans extra biased than others? Is it attainable for people, and society as an entire, to actually defeat prejudice? In those pages, prime scientists, psychologists, educators, activists, and so on provide solutions, drawing from new medical discoveries that make clear why and the way our brains shape prejudices, how racism hurts our healthiness, steps we will be able to take to mitigate prejudiced instincts, and what a post-prejudice society may perhaps really glance like.

Bringing a various variety of disciplines into dialog for the 1st time, Are We Born Racist? deals an easy review of the recent technology of prejudice, and showcases the ample sensible, research-based steps that may be taken in all parts of our lives to beat prejudice.

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These vexingly persistent gaps can be found across all levels of schooling, from National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores in elementary school to SAT scores in high school and professional school tests, such as the GREs or LSATs. But how we explain these differences plays a vital role in determining how we should address them. And it’s here that Watson went so far astray. He traced these differences to genetics, when research shows that’s just not true. They’re really the products of prejudice.

It also helps us see how this state of affairs further entrenches inequality, by disproportionately affecting those who, like Vanessa, are the most motivated to succeed and can challenge the stereotypes. When motivated students like Vanessa stumble as classes get harder, it is easy to interpret their struggles as even stronger evidence for inherent differences in ability—the argument that everyone can paddle in the kiddie pool, but only the “real” swimmers can stay afloat in the ocean. But such a cynical view again misses the essential point that performance differences are so malleable—and so sensitive to stereotypes.

While the editors have elected not to provide endnotes, interested readers can seek out the selected studies and resources (many of which are freely available on the Web) listed at the end of the chapters written by scientists in order to understand the discoveries and methodologies that inform these contributions. CONTENTS PART I THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF RACISM Introduction • The Editors Are We Born Racist? • Susan T. Fiske Prejudice versus Positive Thinking • Kareem Johnson Framed! Understanding Achievement Gaps • Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton When Racism Makes Us Sick • Eve Ekman and Jeremy Adam Smith The Unhealthy Racist • Elizabeth Page-Gould The Egalitarian Brain • David Amodio PART II OVERCOMING PREJUDICE Introduction • The Editors How to Talk with Kids about Race • Allison Briscoe-Smith Promoting Tolerance and Equality in Schools • Jennifer Holladay The Perils of Color Blindness • Dottie Blais Overcoming Prejudice in the Workplace • Jennifer A.

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