Remedying Racial Inequity

There is a lot to think about in this video lecture by David C. Wilson, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy from Robert Reich’s Wealth and Poverty class at U.C. Berkeley. It’s about the science behind racial resentment and justice. It surprised me by alluding to psychological similarities between people who want to keep our structurally racist systems and people to want to get rid of them – both appeal to a sense of fairness but with very different results.

Study: Rational arguments and ridicule can both reduce belief in conspiracy theories

Well, this article changes things.

But wait! What if this is also a conspiracy theory?! 🙂

No, I haven’t vetted this article and, no, I didn’t “do the research”. The authors did note that the “present study is not without limitations” so do take it with a grain of salt.

“You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you” | The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal has a wonderful explanation of the backfire effect about our ever-so-human challenge of changing our own or each others’ minds. I know a few of my hard-to-challenge core beliefs but I’m sure I have more that I haven’t identified yet.

CW: If you want to see the… adult-language version where some of the illustrations use strong language. It is still worth reading and pondering.