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PSYC 215
Donald Taylor

PSYCH 215 LECTURE Sep 21/2011 Stimuli: people, groups, issues, objects attitude: 1. Affect: psychological reactions verbal statements of feelings 2. Cognition: perceptual responses verbal statements of beliefs 3. Behavior: overt actions Verbal reports  Racial attitudes and change, white attitudes towards blacks (1970’s) 1. Blacks have less native intelligence than whites. 2. Blacks care less for the family than whites. 3. Blacks are less inferior to whites.  Web ct chart to represent this***  Attitudes of white Americans towards blacks is consistently becoming more and more positive  Racial attitudes are becoming consistently less negative over time  Good news, but social psychologists have a tendency to analyze it, and assume when people answer questions people may not be completely honest- revealing true attitude o Living in a different time, where social and political leaders state that to openly express racist attitudes is not politically correct o Thus, attitude has NOT changed, the only thing that has changed is that people will not publicly express honest attitude o Discouraging because society isn’t moving forward in a positive manner o Time and effort wasted in measuring attitudes o Some measure of attitudes in which you cannot “fake it” o Prompts SP to think more about attitudes and how they function Modern Racism  Whites who voted for Obama more racist in other areas (that whites who didn’t vote for Obama) o White who voted for Obama attempts to prove he/she is not racist, and assumes they can be racist in other areas and will not be accused of being racist  Racial attitudes on the surface have improved o What people are saying publicly don’t necessarily reflect private attitudes o Private attitudes are more important*  We hold these true to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men (Jefferson, 1776/1944) o Only function of the government is to protect these rights o Not racist, enlightened thinking of this time  Thomas Jefferson introduced 12 bills into the Virginia legislature in an attempt to ban slavery. o Equality for whites and blacks o Would have killed economy for a lot of whites- free slaves working on plantations o First draft of declaration of independence, condemned slavery o Jefferson at one point owned over 200 black slaves o Never freed his slaves- even when is was suggested o Wrote some of most racist descriptions o Sally Hennings, had an affair with black slaves- 4 children o To ask, “who is Thomas Jefferson? Is to inquire about the nature of the souls of Americans” o Attitudes about racism, claim you are not but really are, is not that simple its about tension, represented in Jefferson’s actions Prejudice-related conflict; conceptions of conflict and roots of conflict OBAMA QUESTION: o Modern racism involves on one hand a desire to maintain a non prejud
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