Perceptions of Anti-White Discrimination as a Self-Protective Response to the Threat of Racial Progress
English (United States)
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.
Hirsch, Alexander Aaron, "Perceptions of Anti-White Discrimination as a Self-Protective Response to the Threat of Racial Progress" (2013). Honors Theses - All. 1036.
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