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Psychological Benefits of Racism 1 The Psychological Benefits of Racism Race and Gender Relations Psychological Benefits of Racism 2 This is an exploratory paper I picked this topic due to my interest in psychology My topics are the Psychological Origins of Race Benefits of Personal Racism and the Benefits of Group Racism My focus is to explore the psychological benefits of racism the cause of those benefits and the relation of those benefits to our society today In researching for this paper I used 1 text 1 government document 4 books 2 journals 3 readings from the course and 4 internet articles I spent approximately 125 hours doing research and another 25 hours organizing the material I believe that should I have another assignment as this I would pick a subject that was broader in scope Narrowing my interest as I have done has made it difficult to find the information I needed There have been many benefits of racism over the centuries since race was distinguished as different not the least of which are psychological benefits To more completely understand the benefits that we receive as an individual a group and a society we must first understand where the racism originates from Since birth we are exposed to external stimuli that form our ideals and values The first thing to realize is that racism and bias against people of color is not by most interpretations an innate trait These traits are learned usually from our families and our peers Some do believe that these traits may be hardwired into us and that the learning occurs only in how to deal with those negative situations Regardless whether we have a pre-disposition to be racist or not we still have an obligation to our communities and to our
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