Psychology/Race issues.


Lately on TV there have been a lot of racial expressions that I find it hard to interpret. The Oscars with Chris Rock with a cameo from Stacey Dash, the black lives matter movement, the continued references to the president's race, and this little girl that created a collection of children's books featuring black children in it because white faced children aren't relatable apparently. Things feel more segregated than ever plus the fact that there is the BET network that only seems to have black actors. What am I supposed to make of all of this?

James, race relations is not my area of expertise.  But I think it may help to understand that racism and discrimination are still problems in our society.  There is much evidence that shows that black people are treated differently by law enforcement, and that white people enjoy much priviledge in our society.  At a developmental level, it makes perfect sense that children would relate to children in stories who look like them.  I'm not sure what you mean by segregated.  Black Americans have created their own venues and opportunities for advancement where they are not discriminated against, as in white majority businesses and schools.   There are many studies that show that when two identical resumes are sent in for a job, and one has a "white" name on it, and the other has a "black" name on it,  the "white" candidate is more likely to get an interview.

Naturally, the experience of discrimination causes frustration and anger.  That is a normal response to being treated unfairly.  


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I can answer academic questions about psychology. I am not a clinician (therapist), I am a research psychologist with expertise in biopsychology, general psychology, cognitive psychology, research methods and psychopharmacology.


I have 25 years experience as a researcher in health behavior, biopsychology and psychopharmacology.

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