‘The convergence of race and the internet’

Some interesting research by Brendesha Tynes, a professor of educational psychology and of African American studies at the University of Illinois.  The first study is about how exposure to online racism increased depression in adolescents.   Not much of a surprise, since racism is a known stressor and known to have negative health impact.  I’d be curious to see what kinds of individual racism she uncovered among adolescents.

The second study is about how “colorblind” ideology is linked to racism:

“If you subscribe to a color-blind racial ideology, you don’t think that race or racism exists, or that it should exist,” Tynes said. “You are more likely to think that people who talk about race and racism are the ones who perpetuate it. You think that racial problems are just isolated incidents and that people need to get over it and move on. You’re also not very likely to support affirmative action, and probably have a lower multi-cultural competence.”

2 thoughts on “‘The convergence of race and the internet’

  1. This news needs to be EVERYWHERE. I was blown away by the race chapter in NurtureShock that showed that kids put people into groups based on their traits, and white parents who ignore race around their kids are inadvertently allowing their kids to make judgments based on skin colour. I.e., not to discuss racism directly with your kid is to raise a racist. Although I have talked with my daughter about racism (because I live in Texas and don’t want her picking up the opinions of some other white Texans), when I mentioned this to my other white parent friends they were shocked that their good intentions could produce the opposite effect.

    I wish I could tell everyone that leaving it alone is worse than the awkward, flawed, halting conversations that make us uncomfortable as parents. If I could take just 1/20th of the media attention that was paid to Tiger Woods or some other inconsequential media event and point it to this issue, I could change the world…

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