University of So. Carolina Professors: Color-Blindness is ‘Unethical”

Jul 29, 2017 by

MLK is spinning in his grave.

n a July 19 research article examining the prevalence of color-blind attitudes among psychology students, two University of South Carolina professors declared that “color-blind racial attitudes” are “unethical” and “can also perpetuate White norms,” according to Campus Reform.

Mary Ann Priester and Ronald Pitner, who teach in the College of Social Work at the school, surveyed 409 college students to determine the prevalence of “color-blind racial attitudes” among students with varying levels of “diversity exposure.”

Students were considered to be color-blind if they agreed with meritocratic statements such as “Everyone who works hard, no matter what race they are, has an equal chance to become rich” and “Race plays a major role in the type of social services that people receive in the United States.”

Priester and Pitner argued in the paper that racial color-blindness is the “denial or lack of awareness of race-based privilege, institutional racism, and/or racial discrimination,” and that “this lack of awareness has been identified as a barrier to developing therapeutic rapport with racially diverse populations.”

Campus Reform has more:

“Color-blind racial attitudes may prevent White individuals from developing a deeper level of awareness of racial oppression,” the professors assert, later adding that “deficits in awareness are not only unethical, but can also perpetuate White norms within the professions.”

The professors determined that “being White was associated with higher scores on the color-blindness measure, indicating a greater lack of awareness of White privilege and racial discrimination among White students,” and speculate that this might be due to the fact that “race is often not as central” to the identity of white individuals.

Curiously, they also found that “students who attended predominantly White undergraduate institutions had greater awareness of racial oppression than students who attended institutions that were racially balanced,” a result that runs contrary to conventional wisdom.

Citing “greater levels of exclusion and racial microaggressions at predominantly White institutions,” they suggest that “White students may become more sensitized to racism when they witness differential treatment of racial/ethnic minority students on campus.”

And the Progressive obsession with exacerbating the racial divide in the country continues.

Source: University of So. Carolina Professors: Color-Blindness is ‘Unethical” | Truth Revolt

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