Racism In Society

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Register to read the introduction… It is premised on the assumption that in a color-conscious racially stratified society, one response of populations defined as inferior would be to accept as true the dominant society's ideology of their inferiority (McVeigh, 2004). For some African Americans, the normative cultural characterization of the superiority of whiteness and the devaluing of blackness, combined with the economic marginality of blacks, can lead to the perception of self as worthless and powerless (McVeigh, 2004). Several lines of evidence suggest that the internalization of cultural stereotypes by stigmatized groups can create expectations, anxieties and reactions that can adversely affect social and psychological functioning. Fischer and colleagues' (1996) review of research from several countries indicates that groups that are socially regarded as inferior have poorer academic performance than their more highly regarded peers (such as Koreans versus Japanese in Japan, Scots versus the English in the United Kingdom, and Eastern European origin versus Western European origin Jews in Israel). Research in the United States reveals that when a stigma of inferiority is activated under experimental conditions, performance on an examination was adversely affected (David, Morris, 2000). African Americans who were told in advance that blacks perform more …show more content…
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