Study: ‘White Privilege’ Lessons Make Liberals Less Empathetic to Poor Whites

-

Tyler O’Neal at PJ Media writes,

All those college classes on “white privilege” may have been extremely wrong-headed, and not just because they may be false. As it turns out, “white privilege” classes do not make liberals or conservatives more sympathetic to the plight of black people. Instead, these classes only make liberals less empathetic toward poor whites, and more likely to blame them for their own poverty.

Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General in April, the study divided people into two groups: liberals and conservatives were given a short lesson in “white privilege” and then asked to read a story about an unfortunate man; or they were given the story without the lesson. Half the respondents read a story about a poor white man on welfare in New York and the other half read about a poor black man on welfare.

Conservatives who learned about white privilege were no more sympathetic to the poor black man than conservatives who had not learned about white privilege. Learning about white privilege did not make liberals more sympathetic to the poor black man. It did, however, make them less sympathetic to the poor white man.

“What we found startling was that white privilege lessons didn’t increase liberals’ sympathy for poor Black people,” Erin Cooley, an assistant professor of psychology at Colgate University and one of the study’s authors, wrote in Vice. “Instead, these lessons decreased liberals’ sympathy for poor white people, which led them to blame white people more for their own poverty. They seemed to think that if a person is poor despite all the privileges of being white, there must really be something wrong with them.”

Cooley movingly wrote about her own experiences in this regard. Her fiancé is white and grew up poor. “Given a career focused on race, I was fixated on the privileges of being a white man. I couldn’t stop myself from mentioning that white male poverty wasn’t exactly the worst injustice out there.” Yet she still acknowledged that her fiancé faced systemic barriers in his path toward becoming a successful professor. “Still, the fact that he was a poor white man had escaped my empathy radar. I wondered whether this might be connected to my liberal worldview.”

Read More >>

By the way, did you know Reformation Charlotte has a Christian gear and apparel store? Check it out at ReformedGear.com.

We are being actively censored on many platforms because of our conservative views. The more places you follow us, the more likely we are to get our message out. Please support us by following us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, following us on Parler, following us on Instagram, and visiting our gear and apparel store. Also, please subscribe to our newsletter. If you would like to support us financially, a contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated.



Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.

Latest news

North Carolina High School Sports Slated to Start Practice November 4, Day After Election

If you don't think the coronavirus pandemic is political, and North Carolina governor, Roy Cooper hasn't done...

Southern Baptist Leader Likes Post Endorsing Pro-Abortion, Pro-Transgender Biden/Harris Ticket

Ron Burns -- better known by his Islamic Black Nationalist name -- Thabiti Anyabwile, is a Southern...

Lecrae Likes Tweet That Says Jesus Doesn’t Want People to Risk Their Lives for Worship

Lecrae is the “rapper who happens to be Christian” who is fully caught up in the woke...

Francis Chan Says That Being Indwelt by the Holy Spirit Makes Us ‘God and Man all at Once’ Like Jesus

Francis Chan has been on a downward spiral for a long time. Chan is a graduate of both John...

Would Massive Benefits to Mankind Justify One Brutal Act?

It is tempting to do one act of cruelty that would give sight to every blind person, permit the crippled to walk, and eliminate all deadly diseases in the world. However, my refusal would not be a lack of concern for others but because of personal honor, responsibility, and accountability.

Police Violently Choke and Arrest Woman for Not Wearing a Compliance Cloth

A woman in Australia was violently choked and assaulted by a police officer for not wearing a...

Must read

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you