Celebrity chef Paula Deen's empire is in free fall because of allegations that she used harmful, racist language.Does Dean, 66, need to adjust some of her core beliefs, attitudes and behaviors? Can she, or for that matter, can any of us? And if so, how?
Linda Tropp, had a thesis: racist behavior can grow out of ignorance and fear. An experiment led by Tropp, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, concluded that white participants who talked about racially charged issues with African Americans were consistently more comfortable if they spent more time listening rather than talking about, and justifying, themselves and their own behavior.
Dr. Linda Tropp had a very productive visit to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship, where she met their staff working with the project team for the 'linkage' grant. She met with the staff who are in charge of funding integration and diversity-related programs throughout the country and shared the latest on intergroup contact research with them.
One week ago the public was stunned by the Boston Marathon bombings. A week later, we’re learning about the two brothers who allegedly committed this act of terrorism. New England Public Radio’s Susan Kaplan spoke with Professor Linda Tropp, the director of Umass-Amherst’s Psychology of Peace and Violence program. She says when something terrible happens — psychologically, we want to re-establish a sense of security.