Fans of H. G. Wells are probably familiar with his 1904 short story, “The Country of the Blind.”
“White Fragility” is the phrase of the moment. It refers to an unwillingness on the part of white people to admit “complicity” with racism.
It’s a particularly crude example of how confirmation bias works — how else would you explain this story? — not only among lay people but among top researchers.
Perhaps in ten years we’ll be having this conversation again — and perhaps at that time the Smithsonian Institution will give us all a more objective analysis of the evidence.
New research confirms the possibility of a starting point of two humans instead of thousands. Ann Gauger reports.