Contemplating "Proving Racism"
I don’t need a study to “prove racism” to me. I have the beatings and scars and memories and everyday experiences and a lifetime of reading and learning which already have that nicely covered. This study is a highly constricted academic look at mirror-neuron reflex, in a field which is in its infancy at best yet clearly socially galvanizing for its potential explanatory power. But I’m not looking to it to “prove” to me that what I’ve experienced is real. So our respective approaches to the value and meaning of the study, and what the researchers owe us and our preconceptions, are a source of disconnect and amusement to me, that’s all I’m saying.