Thursday, June 25th, 2015 09:57:50

Prejudice Wrong Belief System, But Not Part of Country’s DNA

Long before last week’s killings in Charleston, South Carolina, which appear to have been motivated by racial hatred, at least one expert in belief systems wrote that a person’s prejudices can be changed.

“Bringing groups together under the right conditions (when the contact is sanctioned by authorities and when groups share common goals, have equal status and engage in cooperative activities) is one of the most effective means of reducing prejudice,” wrote Timothy Wilson in “Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change.”