Why Don’t We Practice What We Preach? A Meta-Analytic Review of Religious Racism

  title={Why Don’t We Practice What We Preach? A Meta-Analytic Review of Religious Racism},
  author={Deborah L. Hall and David C. Matz and Wendy Wood},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={126 - 139}
A meta-analytic review of past research evaluated the link between religiosity and racism in the United States since the Civil Rights Act. Religious racism partly reflects intergroup dynamics. That is, a strong religious in-group identity was associated with derogation of racial out-groups. Other races might be treated as out-groups because religion is practiced largely within race, because training in a religious in-group identity promotes general ethnocentrism, and because different others… Expand

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