Title

Perceptions of Anti-White Discrimination as a Self-Protective Response to the Threat of Racial Progress

Publication Date

May 2013

Advisor(s)

Clara Wilkins

Major

Psychology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

We investigated whether Whites who perceive greater racial progress are more inclined to attribute a negative personal outcome to anti-White discrimination, and whether this tendency protects their self-worth. White undergraduates competed for a merit-scholarship and reported reduced implicit self-worth after being rejected. Those primed with high racial progress experienced a rebound in self-worth after learning that they had been rejected in favor of a Black competitor and then having the opportunity to attribute their rejection to racial discrimination. Furthermore, the more Whites attributed their rejection to discrimination, the greater the rebound in self-worth. This benefit is discussed as a motivation for Whites to perceive discrimination, which may undermine racial progress and affirmative action policies.

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