About E. Franklin Frazier…originally published on what-when-how…Franklin Frazier, one of the most prominent African American sociologists of the early twentieth century, studied at Howard University (BA 1916), Clark University (MA 1920), and the University of Chicago (PhD 1931). Continue reading
Birth of a Nation…where art and racism meet…art can touch us deeply
It can inspire us, heal us and even change us, It can also speak to the
darkest corners of our being Continue reading
Will interracial marriage end racism in America? Some people say no, that the deeper causes of racism are not addressed by such unions, and that only a willingness on the part of an historically racist Caucasian majority to examine its own history with ruthless honesty will put an end to both and discrimination. Continue reading
Village Creek said no to racism…restrictive covenants were a fact of life through the nineteen sixties – and later – in the United States of America. Discrimination against minority groups was the norm, and if you were the wrong color, ethnicity, or religion many neighborhoods were unavailable to you. Continue reading
Thinker, revolutionary, psychiatrist, cultural analyst and philosopher of Western Colonialism and its attendant racism, Franz Fanon is without peer vis a vis his profundity and psychological acumen. Continue reading
Gun Control Traditional Favorite of Reactionaries and Racists? One of the great mysteries of modern politics is how gun control came to be seen as a natural Left-wing cause. Continue reading
Post -Trayvon Martin…”In 1903 W.E.B. Du Bois penned the single most important piece of literature in African American history, Souls of Black Folk, that opened with the question I have carried with me ever since I read it: “How does it feel to be a problem?” Continue reading
A Pill to Cure Racism?
A Pill to Cure Racism? by Eric Pfeiffer | The Sideshow – Thu, Mar 8, 2012
Propranolol (Image via WikiCommons)A commonly prescribed drug used to treat high blood pressure may have the unintended benefit of muting racist thoughts in those who take it.
A new Oxford University research study found that Propranolol, which works to combat high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines, and a number of heart ailments, affects the same part of the central nervous system that regulates subconscious attitudes on race.
“Implicit racial bias can occur even in people with a sincere belief in equality,” said Sylvia Terbeck, lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Psychopharmacology. “Given the key role that such implicit attitudes appear to play in discrimination against other ethnic groups, and the widespread use of Propranolol for medical purposes, our findings are also of considerable ethical interest.”
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Subtle Racism Harasses Brain
Decoding ‘Ambiguous’ Prejudice Interferes With Mental Tasks
By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Sept. 21, 2007 – Subtle racism interferes with black people’s mental function even more than overt racism does, a psychological study shows.
For whites, who are much less often the targets of prejudice, overt racism interferes with mental function more.
“It appears that blacks are particularly vulnerable to cognitive impairment resulting from exposure to ambiguous prejudice — a level of prejudice whites may not even register,” conclude Princeton University psychologists Jessica Salvatore, PhD, and J. Nicole Shelton, PhD. Continue reading