10 Facts About Aversive racism


Aversive racism arises from unconscious personal beliefs taught during childhood.

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Aversive racism was coined by Joel Kovel to describe the subtle racial behaviors of any ethnic or racial group who rationalize their aversion to a particular group by appeal to rules or stereotypes.

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Explicit Aversive racism includes any speech or behaviors that demonstrate a conscious acknowledgement of racist attitudes and beliefs.

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Passage of civil rights legislation and socially enforced taboos against explicit Aversive racism have served to inhibit direct outward expressions of prejudice against minorities over the last several decades.

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One explanation for this is that because explicit Aversive racism is so much less prevalent, Whites no longer perceive directly the ways that prejudice leaves its mark on American society; minorities, on the other hand, still recognize or feel the implicit Aversive racism behind certain interracial interactions.

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One of the most prevalent ways of assessing implicit Aversive racism is through response latency procedures, such as the implicit-association test.

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Signs of aversive racism appeared only when the applicants possessed marginal credentials.

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Prejudice has been a wide phenomenon while Aversive racism is a broader topic that connects individual beliefs and behavior to broader social norms and practices that disadvantage particular groups.

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Aversive racism still affects the workplace in today's modern society.

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Aversive racism has been hypothesized in the 2008 presidential elections with the emergence of the first biracial candidate, Barack Obama.

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