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Race researchers: Behind the scenes of America's newest conversation

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Jennifer Richeson's most recent study on race found that whites are avoiding talking to blacks for fear of appearing racist. (Courtesy of Jennifer Richeson)


John Dovidio's research is helping to frame the nation's current conversation on race. (Courtesy of John Dovidio)

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Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy has spurred a national discussion on race. Ironically, however, social scientists have published provocative research showing that whites are avoiding talking to blacks, not because they are overtly racist, but because they fear making a racial slip.