Statistics reveal that the most common type of hate crime within the US is motivated by anti-black and African American sentiment (Statista, 2022)
Now the APA has revealed more research that reveals a link between the denial of structural racism and being less open to diversity as well as displaying less racial empathy and anti-black prejudice.
The same results were not observed for those who say they 'ignore' race as the results showed that those who made this claim were more open to ideology despite both categories forming 'colourblind racial ideology'.
The researchers utilised 83 previous studies which included more than 25,000 participants. The two options either denying structural racism or 'ignoring' race fall under the same ideology but as the research showed produced two very different outcomes with those suggesting that they ignored race being more open to diversity.
Lead researcher Jacqueline Yi suggested one of the ways in which denial of structural racism is so dangerous:
"The denial of structural racism appears to be a big barrier to racial equity because it allows for more victim-blaming explanations of systemic inequality,” Yi said. “The more that BIPOC [Black, indigenous and people of color] individuals are blamed for racial disparities, the less likely it is for white people and institutions to take responsibility for the continued effects of systemic racism."
Yi does state however that 'ignoring' race is still a pernicious form of racism as this may present a barrier to becoming actively involved in helping to alleviate the effects of systemic racism as well as changing the underlying foundations upon which, this structural racism sits.