NEW YORK — With the race to become the world’s most powerful nation on the line, some experts say it may be time to rethink the way people think about race.
For decades, scientists have studied how people think and act about race and its implications for people of color.
But for some, this is a subject of serious debate, and they say the public should not be misled by a handful of recent studies.
“It’s a lot of studies, a lot, and a lot to cover,” said Steven A. Camarota, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
He is the author of the books “The New Race” and “The Politics of Race.”
“What we don’t really know is what the public’s thinking about race is.
There are a lot more studies, and there’s a tendency to not talk about it.
There’s a reluctance to discuss it.
And that’s one of the things we need to change.”
What Camaras is saying is the media should be more upfront about the science of race and the psychology of race, rather than hiding behind a thick veil of silence.
And it’s an issue that is taking on renewed relevance with the election of Donald Trump.
Some studies suggest that people are less likely to believe a black person is more violent, less likely be involved in criminal behavior, or more likely to commit suicide, according to research from the University at Buffalo.
But other studies have shown the opposite.
A study published last year in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science concluded that black people were more likely than white people to be involved with crimes, but also that black men were less likely than black women to commit violent crimes.
Camaras, however, says the research needs to be much more comprehensive to be useful.
He said the most important issue in the public mind is “how do we explain racial differences in health, behavior, and income that are so pervasive in the American society?”
He believes it’s time for the public to get a better sense of how they feel about race, instead of the “simply a matter of numbers,” Camarases said.
“The real question is, what are we doing to understand why people behave in these ways?”
Camarases, who is also the author, along with his wife, of “The Race Card,” a book about the topic, says we should also examine how we define race in society, which he says could help us better understand why certain behaviors are associated with certain racial groups and why certain racial characteristics are associated more with people from certain racial or ethnic groups.
A common way to define race is through the use of skin color, he said.
But what people actually experience as race are the underlying social and biological factors that influence how our brains work, how our genes function and what it means to be a white person in the U.S.
Cathy Lee, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said race is a concept that has been around for thousands of years, but that the current definition of race is “one-dimensional.”
“When you’re talking about race as a concept, it’s based on one set of characteristics,” Lee said.
“That means you can be a person of color, a woman of color or a man of color.”
It’s unclear how many white Americans identify with one of these racial categories, Lee said, and she believes there are more Americans who identify with black or brown skin than with any other racial group.
“We have a long history of this idea that whiteness is superior to any other race,” Lee told Medical News Day.
“We need to be more conscious of that because it’s so entrenched in our culture and it’s not only damaging, it hurts us.”
And Camarias is right: White people who identify as black or white tend to have higher rates of anxiety, depression and suicide than those who identify only as black, according the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
“You know, it makes sense to me that people would say that if they identify as white, they are less inclined to be suicidal and less likely commit violent acts,” Camarsay said.
He’s not wrong.
Research has shown that white people who say they identify with another race are less susceptible to mental health problems and substance abuse.
In the past, Camaritas said he was told white people should embrace their own race, not be ashamed of it.
“I was told, ‘Don’t be ashamed to be white,'” he said, explaining that he was taught to “love yourself,” rather than be ashamed.
But he said he also knew there was room for a different approach.
“If I was going to embrace myself as white and accept myself as being who I am, I should embrace my own racial identity,” he said.
“I have to embrace my identity and embrace my race and not feel ashamed or uncomfortable.
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