Even those Americans who think they know about U.S. history often adhere to many myths and misconceptions taught in school. As one major research study has shown, current high-school textbooks communicate much in the way of inaccurate, distorted, and elliptical views of that history, particularly in regard to issues of U.S. racism and interracial conflicts.– Joe Feagin (via wretchedoftheearth)
Because of this pervasive ignorance, white elites can easily persuade, create confusion in, or foster apathy in the general population. Television has often circulated racist stereotypes straight out of the dominant racial frame. These stereotypes create or reinforce negative racial images in many minds. A recent study found that television viewing had an important effect on white viewers’ negative stereotypes of Latinos—when these viewers felt that they had learned important information about U.S. Latinos from watching television. In contrast, those whites who said that they had actually talked with, or had positive contacts with, Latinos were more likely to hold positive views of Latinos.
Thus, with our national racial order firmly in place, most white Americans, from childhood on, have generally adopted the racially framed views, assumptions, and proclivities of previous generations, established white authorities, and/or the mainstream media. In this manner important aspects of systemic racism are routinely reproduced from one generation of whites to the next.