Dunning-Kruger Applies to Racism

“More fundamentally, ‘the research suggests that, even if motivational considerations were accounted for, there may be important cognitive hindrances to understanding and reducing [one’s] prejudice.’

‘Very prejudiced individuals may be genuinely unaware of their shortcomings because they lack the meta-cognition necessary to perceive them,’ the researchers conclude.”

—Tom Jacobs, “The Most Racist People Are Also the Most Likely to Underestimate Their Racism.” Pacific Standard. May 8, 2019.