Study: White People Literally Think Black People Have Magical Powers
If you’ve wondered why some white people are so fearful of black people, it might be because they think black people are literally warlocks.
What spells will black people cast on us poor persecuted white people?
As it turns out, some of that fear is not just founded on racism, but some people are just idiots.
[su_center_ad]NY Magazine reports:
A recent study in Social Psychological and Personality Science casts an interesting new light on this: White people apparently have a “superhumanization bias” when it comes to black people — that is, they associate them with superhuman abilities.
In one study, researchers found that white people were significantly more likely to attribute a number of magic powers to black people, including “hav[ing] superhuman skin that is thick enough that it can withstand the pain of burning hot coals” and “hav[ing] supernatural strength that makes them capable of lifting up a tank.”
Whites were also found to believe black people more capable of “read[ing] a person’s mind by touching the person’s head,” but not to a statistically significant degree.
The research showed that white people are prone to associate blacks — more than whites — with superhuman words like ghost, paranormal, and spirit. They are more likely to think a black person has certain superhuman abilities.
The more they think blacks are superhuman, the less they view black people as having a capacity to feel pain. The study suggests that’s why black people are often under-treated for pain.
I’m more afraid of the people that participated in this study than other races.
On the other hand, you know Neil deGrasse Tyson has magical powers.[su_csky_ad]