The Hidden Rules of Bigotry

July 2, 2014 8:04 PM

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We make these value judgments all the time, and for good reason, about individuals. But most of us have been taught not to make such judgments about groups of people. Equality is a core principle of American society, and it's unjust--or at least politically incorrect--to subscribe to social hierarchies.

But such explicit hierarchies have played a powerful role in American history, and many believe that they still do--in a more subterranean fashion. Indeed, some psychological scientists suspect that rules of superiority and inferiority are still alive and well in the American psyche, shaping our jud...

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