Racial Perceptions and Economic Stress

  • Aired:  06/16/14
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A study suggests that when money is scarce, white people are more likely to discriminate against black people. (2:59)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

NATION, FOLKS, YOU KNOW, OURFIRST BLACK PRESIDENT'S FIRST

BLACK ECONOMY CONTINUES TO LETDOWN MY FRIENDS IN THE AFRICAN

AMERICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

[LAUGHTER]THE INCOME GAP BETWEEN BLACKS

AND WHITES CONTINUES TO GROW,AND BLACK COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE

TWICE AS LIKELY AS THEIR PEERSTO BE UNEMPLOYED.

EVEN WORSE, THEIR UNITED COLLEGEFUND STILL CALLS THEM NEGROES.

COME ON!

NOW, WHEN BARACK OBAMA WASELECTED PRESIDENT, WE WERE

PROMISED THAT RACISM WAS OVER,BUT FOR SOME REASON IT STILL

EXISTS.

I BLAME THE MEXICANS.

[LAUGHTER]JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW BAD RACISM

STILL IS, THIS MONTH'S ATLANTICMAGAZINE IS ONE OF THE

FASTEST-SELLING ISSUES IN ITSHISTORY THANKS TO MY GUEST,

TA-NEHESIA COATES, ENTITLED "THECASE FOR REPARATIONS."

REPARATIONS?

WHAT HAPPENED TO FORGIVE ANDFORGET?

WHITE PEOPLE HAVE DONE THESECOND PART.

NOW, LUCKILY, I THINK WE HAVEFOUND THE CURE TO RACISM THANKS

TO A NEW STUDY PUBLISHED IN THEPROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL

ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OR PNES. THESTUDY WAS ON RACIAL PERCEPTION.

SCIENTISTS CREATED A SPECTRUM OFFACES RANGING FROM WHITE TO

BLACK, ALSO KNOWN AS THOMASJEFFERSON'S FAMILY TREE.

[LAUGHTER]BEFORE VIEWING ANY FACES IN THIS

SPECTRUM, SUBJECTS WERE PRIMEDTO THINK ABOUT SCARCITY BY THE

SLIT-SECOND PROJECTION OFSUCH WORDS AS "SCARCE,"

"SPARSE" OR "LIMITED." THOSEPRIMED TO THINK ABOUT

SCARCE OR LIMITED RESOURCES WEREMUCH MORE

LIKELY TO SEE SOMEONE WITH FEWAFRICAN FACIAL FEATURES AS

BLACK. WHEN THE WHITE SUBJECTSWERE

SHOWN TWO FACIAL IMAGES AND TOLDTO DIVVY

UP $15, THEY CONSISTENTLYSHORTED THE BLACK IMAGE WITH $7

OR LESS.

TO RECAP: WHEN MONEY IS SCARCE,WHITE PEOPLE THINK EVERYONELOOKS

BLACK AND THEN WON'T GIVE THEMANY MONEY, CONFIRMING RESULTS

FIRST PUBLISHED IN PAUL RYAN'SBUDGET.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]NATION, THIS STUDY PROVES WHITE

PEOPLE DON'T DISCRIMINATEBECAUSE WE'RE RACIST.

WE DO IT BECAUSE WE'RE WORRIEDABOUT ECONOMIC SCARCITY, WHICH

MEANS THERE IS A SIMPLE WAY TOERADICATE RACISM IN AMERICA:

GIVE WHITE PEOPLE MORE MONEY.

THAT'S WHY, THAT'S THE REASONCONSERVATIVES WANT TO CUT TAXES

FOR THE WEALTHY. WE'RE TRYINGHEAL A WOUNDED

NATION AND MAYBE FINALLYREACH MARTIN LUTHER KING'S

MOUNTAINTOP, WHICH IN THIS CASEIS A PILE OF MONEY.

WHEN WE COME BACK, I WILL ASK MYGUEST TA-NEHISI COATES FOR $10.

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