The way people say “I’m a racist” is a way to identify themselves and differentiate themselves from the rest of society, a new study says.
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The study, published in the journal Social Cognition, looked at how people respond to racial epithets from white Canadians and white people of color.
They found that when people are told they’re not a “racist,” they’re more likely to use the word, “racist” to identify with their own group.
The study found that if they’re told they are not a white supremacist, they’re less likely to say they’re “not a racist,” said lead author Kristin Stoltz.
“The fact that the word ‘racist’ can be used to identify yourself, that’s a very powerful statement to make.”
But when people say they are a racist, they say it in a more neutral way, said Stoltzz, who is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
The new study was funded by the National Science Foundation and is based on research that has been done with participants who were asked to say the words “racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic” and “sexist, homophobic.”
The participants were also asked how they would describe the person they’re describing.
Participants were asked how much they think they know about racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, and how much it affected their perception of them.
Participants were asked not to describe their own personal beliefs about racism.
Participant’s reactions were then compared to people who didn’t use the words.
The results showed that when asked to use racist, sexist and homophobic slurs, participants were more likely than those who didn and didn’t hear the words to describe themselves as racist.
“People who hear racism are more likely not to be racists, but when they are racist, you can also hear it from the person you’re dealing with,” StoltZ said.
“When you’re a racist and you hear the word racist, it’s a different kind of thing,” she added.
“So you hear it in the context of, you’re racist.
But when you’re talking about the person, you know it’s not a person.”
The study is the first to examine how people perceive the racist use of the word.
Previous research has found that the more people know about a racist term, the less likely they are to use it, said study co-author Sarah Gossett, an assistant professor of sociology at the Graduate Center of Arts and Sciences at the City University of New York.
“I think this study shows us that when we’re talking to others, there’s this ability to say: ‘I don’t really know what that word means, but I know that it’s offensive,'” she said.
It was also the first study to look at how these words were used by non-white people.
Previous studies have looked at racism and sexism in online conversations, but the authors didn’t consider how non-Western people might react.
Stoltz said she hopes the findings will help people understand racism.””
I think the more you look at these kinds of interactions, you start to see how it can impact how we see ourselves.”
Stoltz said she hopes the findings will help people understand racism.
“In terms of how to use this word, it really isn’t the word that matters,” she said, adding that people should try to use words that describe what they think of racism.
The research was published in Social Cognitions.