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The realities of race

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Science  01 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6367, pp. 1137-1138
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0602

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Over the past two decades, science has demonstrated that implicit social cogni­tions exist, are pervasive, are predictably biased, and alter judgments that produce discriminatory decisions. Not surprisingly, this research threatens many on the right because it provides an ev­idence-based challenge to the myth of color blindness. What is surprising is the anxiety this has provoked on the left, as exemplified by Jonathan Kahn’s Race on the Brain.