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    Posted: Oct 18 2013 at 1:54am

Why We Think Black People Feel Less Pain Than White People And How It Affects Society (VIDEO)

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For centuries, society has grappled with both implicit and explicit examples of racism that have played out in many different areas, including legislation and the criminal justice system. But now scientists may be able to provide more insight as to why this may be the case.

A recent study examining racial disparities reveals that people are more empathetic towards whites than towards blacks, particularly when related to medical treatment or pain. The discovery, known as the racial empathy gap, shows that people, including medical personnel, assume black people feel less pain than white people and helps explain disparities in areas from health care to criminal justice.

The findings come just several months after a study published in a March issue of the American Journal of Public Health reported researchers found that two-thirds of doctors harbored "unconscious" racial biases toward patients.

The racial empathy gap serves as an explanation for these "unconscious" racial biases, as assumptions about what it means to be black-- as it pertains to privilege and adversity-- could, in fact, be the reason behind the findings.

HuffPost Live host, Marc Lamont Hill, hosted a conversation about the study, discussing the possible reasons behind why people think black people feel less pain and how it affects society as a whole.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote TokyoRose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 18 2013 at 2:27am
All I have to say is thank goodness I get medical treatment in Japan...or not.  My doctor thinks I am super sensitive.
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"we" who?
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Society as represented by the pool of individuals who partook in the study

but, yes, "we" is not all inclusive

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i glanced at the study and about 90% of the participants gathered were white -____-

They ran a series of tests and for each test they had a sample of folks who were fit to participate and in each test, white people made the majority. 

I like how they came to the conclusion that "society as a whole" feels a certain way based on a study of mainly white folks. 

Interesting topic though...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (5) Thanks(5)   Quote Sang Froid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 18 2013 at 2:52am
Mean while these soccer moms outchea string out on pain killers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (5) Thanks(5)   Quote GG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 18 2013 at 7:46am
I wonder if their next study will prove that black people are not completely human.
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Originally posted by blaquefoxx blaquefoxx wrote:

"we" who?
Right lol
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Same reason we were selected to endure slavery.   We're built for suffering.  We're super human.  WinningOuch
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its frightening the way white people think.  they really dont have souls.
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