Psychological Benefits of Racism

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Psychological Benefits of Racism 1

The Psychological Benefits of Racism

Race and Gender Relations


Psychological Benefits of Racism 2

This is an exploratory paper. I picked this topic due to my interest in psychology. My topics are the Psychological Origins of Race, Benefits of Personal Racism, and the Benefits of Group Racism. My focus is to explore the psychological benefits of racism; the cause of those benefits and the relation of those benefits to our society today.

In researching for this paper I used 1 text, 1 government document, 4 books, 2 journals, 3 readings from the course, and 4 internet articles. I spent approximately 12.5 hours doing research and another 2.5 hours organizing the material. I believe that, should I have another assignment as this, I would pick a subject that was broader in scope. Narrowing my interest, as I have done, has made it difficult to find the information I needed.

There have been many benefits of racism over the centuries since race was distinguished as different; not the least of which are psychological benefits. To more completely understand the benefits that we receive, as an individual, a group, and a society, we must first understand where the racism originates from. Since birth we are exposed to external stimuli that form our ideals and values. The first thing to realize is that racism and bias against people of color is not, by most interpretations, an innate trait. These traits are learned, usually from our families and our peers. Some do believe that these traits may be hardwired into us and that the learning occurs only in how to deal with those negative situations. Regardless whether we have a pre-disposition to be racist or not we still have an obligation to our communities and to our children to...