People have no idea how racist they are Researchers conducted a series of three experiments. Nineteen college students were shown a series of wedding and engagement photos of interracial and same-race couples. The ? It all began innocently enough -- and the data was pretty hopeful!
Then, the keys were switched: one key for an interracial couple or silhouette of a person, and another for a same-race couple and silhouette of an animal. Gigi is the Sex and Dating Writer for Thrillist.
And to mix things up just a bit more, one control group was first shown a bunch of gross photos like dirty toilets and the other was shown a bunch of pictures of nature scenery. She hates the news because it makes her sad.
According to possibly the most depressing study ever, people are still disgusted when they encounter a mixed-race couple. Participants were quicker hitting those keystrokes while associating interracial couples with non-human animals. For the first study, college students were asked multiple questions about interracial dating and their levels of discomfort with mixed-race dating.
For the first part, they were asked to press one computer key if they saw an interracial couple or silhouette of an animal; and another if they saw a same-race couple or silhouette of a person.
Because, you know, why not. In conclusion: We live in a depressing world.
As soon as the students were shown the photos, they were asked to indicate whether they thought the couples pictured in the marital photos should be included in an upcoming study on relationships. But as they're wont to do, things took a heartbreaking turn during the second experiment. showed little to no disgust by the participants.
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To summarize: the students were racist without knowing they were racist. And unfortunately for the human race, our ability to dehumanize each other for any reason, including skin color correlates exactly to our ability to use violence against each other.
Dehumanization is alive and well in And it only got worse. Follower her on Twitter GigiEngle.