Why Do Racial Slurs Remain Prevalent in the Workplace?

Why do Racial Slurs remain prevalent in the workplace?

Find out an answer I don’t think you’re going to expect!

Here are some key topics covered from this episode:

  • The 3 parties commonly involved in racial slurs
  • The unexpected research findings with disturbing implications
  • Who benefits from racial slurs and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

Racial slurs are prevalent because observers remain silent

“There’s a whole body of research about why observers want to intervene but find it difficult to do so for the reasons I’ve just mentioned”

Observers remain silent because they think it will benefit them

The paper finds evidence to suggest that observers may remain silent “not out of fear regarding what they stand to lose but of what they stand to gain”

All of this is driven by social identity theory and social domination theory

“This entire approach is built on the assumption that all human societies are structured in group-based social hierarchies. So the social identity group that you identified that you belong to is part of a hierarchy”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

3 Reasons Why Racial Slurs Are So Dangerous At Work

Why Do Racial Slurs Remain Prevalent in the Workplace? Integrating Theory on Intergroup Behaviour

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