Racial Progress as Threat to the Status Hierarchy

  title={Racial Progress as Threat to the Status Hierarchy},
  author={Clara L. Wilkins and Cheryl R. Kaiser},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={439 - 446}
In three studies, we examined how racial progress affects Whites’ perceptions of anti-White bias. When racial progress was chronically (Study 1) and experimentally (Study 2) salient, Whites who believed the current U.S. status hierarchy was legitimate were more likely to report that Whites were victims of racial discrimination. In contrast, Whites who perceived the current status system as illegitimate were unaffected by the salience of racial progress. The results of Study 3 point to the role… Expand

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