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Why the Racism Cottage Industry Will Never Die July 6, 2018

Posted by geoff in News.

If you’ve ever wondered how we went from Martin Luther King’s “… not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” to “all whites are evil”, there’s now a scientific explanation:

Although it’s far from perfect by virtually any measure — whether poverty rates, violence, access to education, racism and prejudice or any number of others — the world continues to improve. Why, then, do polls consistently show that people believe otherwise?

The answer, Daniel Gilbert says, may lie in a phenomenon called “prevalence induced concept change.”

Basically he says that once you’ve solved a problem in which you had to identify instances where it existed (e.g., finding instances of racism) you start moving the goalposts so that there are still plenty of instances of the problem.

So in the racism cottage industry, we find that having outlawed discrimination such that it is no longer overtly practiced, racism addicts look for subtler and subtler forms of racism. This has culminated in today’s focus on microaggressions and the inherent evil of being white.

So what can we do? Is this fixable? Can people ever be convinced that their work is done here?

“Anyone whose job involves reducing the prevalence of something should know that it isn’t always easy to tell when their work is done,” he said. “On the other hand, our studies suggest that simply being aware of this problem is not sufficient to prevent it. What can prevent it? No one yet knows.”



1. Bunk Strutts - July 7, 2018

“Can people ever be convinced that their work is done here?”

Nope. Not when they’re getting paid to promote the crisis du jour. They’re shape-shifters, chameleons, chimaera self-serving weasels and to stay on the gravy train they’ll redefine parameters

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