CNN recently published a piece about the tough questions white Americans are increasingly asking themselves about race in light of the George Floyd protests—the most difficult question being, “Am I racist?”

Angela Bell

Professor Angela Bell

Angela Bell, assistant professor of psychology who studies how people fail to recognize their own racism, shared her expertise, explaining that everyone has some racist attitudes.

“If you have to ask if you are a racist, you are. And if you are not asking if you are a racist, you are,” she said. “The term racial bias perpetuates the notion that racism is beyond your control, and that’s often not the case. People might not think that they have control over racism, and they can’t ever get rid of it. It’s absolutely within their control.”

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