Racistm does upset those at the receiving end, even if it is all subtle, as in Canada apparently. Social slights and ambiguous remarks that are hard to pin down is more dangerous to mental health than overt discrimination, according to a study of 180 Korean immigrants living in Canada.
"We found that the subtle form of discrimination has a greater impact on psychological distress such as symptoms of depression and anxiety," said lead author Samuel Noh, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
The study, which appears in the July issue of the American Journal of Public Health, involved a survey of mostly middle-aged Korean immigrants now living in Toronto. While the participants' reports of overt discrimination related to moods that were less positive, only subtle discrimination showed a connection with actual psychological symptoms.
As it happens while Blacks in USA, victims of almost institutionalized racism, seem to be in a position to remain indifferent or fight back violently, in any case dont any sleep over the White arrogance, Asians seem caught off guard.
"It's easier to shrug off overt discrimination," Noh said. "You can attribute it to irrational behavior on the part of the other person. You don't have to examine yourself or the situation too closely."
Overt discrimination such as racist remarks is a clear form of prejudice, but subtle discrimination is harder to pinpoint. For example, if your colleagues invite others to dinner but not you, it is hard to know if it is because they've known each other for a long time, because they don't like you or because they are uncomfortable with people of your race.
The study found that while the effects of overt discrimination related to simply experiencing it, the effects of subtle discrimination could influence how the person thought about what had happened.
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