The Nanny State found something else to whine about, making great profit for those who sell media and creating damage the rest of you pay for:
“This study, and a lot of research in social psychology, suggests that there are still really a lot of negative associations with blacks,” said Kerry Kawakami, associate professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, and lead author of the study. “People are willing to tolerate racism and not stand up against it.”
The authors divided 120 non-black participants into the roles of “experiencers” and “forecasters.” The “experiencers” were placed in a room with a white person and a black person, who played out pre-arranged scenarios for the experiment. The scenarios began when the black role-player bumped the white role-player’s knee when leaving the room.
(The white person then made an ethnically-directed comment of mild to extreme severity.)
Experiencers reported little distress in all three scenarios, much less than the forecasters did in the moderate and severe situations.
Immediately afterwards, the participants were asked to choose either the black person or the white person as a partner for an anagram test. More than half of experiencers chose the white partner — regardless of the severity of the comment that person made earlier.
The study is consistent with decades of psychology research pointing to the same thing: People are really bad at predicting their own actions in socially sensitive situations.
Social situations require we tolerate everyone. Life requires we get things done, which means we cannot tolerate what everyone wants: we need to do what is right and worry about who is upset later. This is why all of modern life is hypocritical.