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Confronting people who make racist statements may make them to reflect on their behavior and try to avoid repeating such statements, new research suggests.
“Confronting people is hard, and unless people know it will be effective, they won’t do it.”
“We found that participants who were confronted felt bad about their behavior, ruminated more, showed an enduring prejudice reduction,” says Diana Sanchez, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers University. “And we didn’t just look at their immediate response, but looked at them a week later.”