Race has a long and complicated history in the United States. According to research by psychologists and others, prejudice and discrimination are still problems in American society. Even people who think they’re not racist may have unconscious thoughts that lead to subtle discriminatory behaviors. Fortunately, the research also shows that contact between people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds can reduce stereotyping and prejudice.
Adapted from APA's amicus brief on Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger.
- 'Not much has changed'
- Segregation Ruled Unequal, and Therefore Unconstitutional
Psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark Ph.d demonstrated that segregation harmed Black children's self-images. Their testimony before the Supreme Court contributed to the landmark Supreme Court case that desegregated American public schools: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS.
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Monitor on Psychology Articles
- APA Handbook of Intercultural Communication
- Studying Ethnic Minority and Economically Disadvantaged Populations
- Dialogues on Difference
- Preventing Youth Violence in a Multicultural Society
APA Offices and Programs
- Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
The office seeks to increase scientific understanding of how psychology pertains to race, ethnicity and culture.