Professor Says African Americans Share More Psychological Traits in Common with Whites Than with Other Blacks
In the new book,Â Meanings Beneath the Skin: The Evolution ofÂ African Americans, psychology professor Sherle Boone argues that the psychology of African-Americans is more like white Americans than blacks who originate from countries outside the U.S.
According to Boone, â€œAfrican Americans are approaching a ‘cross-road’ with respect to their relationship to other groups as they learn more about the distinctiveness of their historyâ€ and don’t always see a connection between them and other people of African descent.
Boone believes this explains why African Americans are sometimes hesitant to provide support to other black people of African descent.
Boone stated, â€œOther minority groups have benefitted from the sacrifices of African Americans â€“ but without reciprocity of even sufficient acknowledgement of African Americans. This may very well be a driving factor to African Americans subconsciously â€“ and consciously â€“ weighing the benefits and costs that may result from helping other African descendants, globally.â€
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