Intelligent people just as likely to be racists, the only di Aug 12, 2013 6:24:13 GMT
Post by Focus on Aug 12, 2013 6:24:13 GMT
Being more intelligent does not stop people being racist – it simply makes them better at covering it up.
A study found that they were just as likely to be prejudiced as their less educated peers but did not act on their feelings.
Researcher Geoffrey Wodtke examined the attitudes of more than 20,000 white respondents from a society-wide survey.
Deep-rooted : Racism remains as prevalent in the more intelligent people as in the less so
He then looked at how their cognitive ability, or how they processed information, was shown in their attitudes to black people.
They were also asked about policies designed to counter racial bias.
Mr Wodtke, of the University of Michigan, said: ‘High-ability whites are less likely to report prejudiced attitudes and more likely to say they support racial integration in principle.
‘There’s a disconnect between the attitudes intelligent whites support in principle and their attitudes toward policies designed to realize racial equality in practice.’
He said that in housing, nearly all whites with advanced cognitive abilities agreed that ‘whites have no right to segregate their neighborhoods’.
But, added Mr Wodtke, nearly half were content to allow prejudicial practices to continue rather than support laws to open up housing to ethnic minorities.
Results : The survey found more intelligent people were simply less likely to act upon their beliefs
He said the study showed racism and prejudice were not simply a result of low mental ability.
Instead, they result from the need of dominant groups to ‘legitimize and protect’ their privileged social position over other social groupings.
More intelligent citizens ‘are just better’ at this, added Mr Wodtke at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
In modern America, ‘this means that intelligent whites say all the right things about racial equality in principle but they just don’t actually do anything that would eliminate their privileges’.
Mr Wodtke warned: ‘Any effort to point out or eliminate these privileges strikes them as a grave injustice.’
Sometimes I'm dumbfounded by the fcking rubbish some so called 'scholars' dream up!! - Fx