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Pretty fascinating (and timely) article in the most recent JDHE (RT Yu-Fang):

http://news.illinois.edu/news/10/0421online.html

Interesting to me:

“I wanted to see whether color-blind racial attitudes played a role in condoning images,” she said. “What we found is that the color-blind ideal commonly socialized and valued among whites may actually be detrimental to race relations on college campuses.”

Tynes’ research also revealed an incongruence of reactions among white students that she’s dubbed “Facebook face.”

“To their friends, they would express mild approval of the party photos or just not discuss race,” Tynes said. “But in private, in a reaction that they thought their friends wouldn’t see, some students would let us know that they thought the image was racist or that it angered them. We think that it’s because whites have been socialized not to talk about race.”

Her comments on crowd-sourcing are also interesting.  A creative study–it’d be interesting to control for religion, given the slew of work on colorblindness/evangelical White Christianity.  It’s too bad the Asian American and Latino/a samples aren’t big enough to analyze.

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