What are we to make of this?
Jennifer Richeson, an associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University, won a $500,000 genius grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her work documenting the psychology of racial bias.
Richeson concludes that well-meaning white people repress bigoted feelings when dealing with other races. The effort leads to "awkwardness" and "exhaustion" in social interactions, Richeson said in a recent Chicago Sun-Times interview.
In other words if you're a non-white person and get stressed out when you are confronted by what you consider to be racist behavior, you can take comfort in knowing that a lot of whites apparently get just as stressed out trying not to be a bigot. That goes to show you, if we are ever going to improve race relations in our lifetime, many more of us will have to want to work through our barriers.
Congrats to Richeson for delving into this controversial subject.