Canadian study finds people 'indifferent' to overt racism
Not only are people indifferent to racism when they witness it, but some will agree with the racist according to the findings of a new Canadian study published in the latest edition of Science.
Toronto's York University study revealed that while people think they may be upset when confronted with racism, and would take action to combat it, in reality they don't. In fact, their reactions are benign.
The study involved 120 York University students and included researchers from the University of British Columbia. Volunteers were subject to direct or indirect experiences with varying degrees of racist behaviour.
Not only did people fail to react the way they predicated they would when faced with racism, many preferred the white racist over the black person who was the target of a slur.
Lead author Kerry Kawakami, a psychology professor at York University's faculty of health said that people don't really punish those who act in a racist manner.