Have Scientist Found a Pill to Cure Racism?

by Britni Danielle

Scientists in the UK may have stumbled on a cure for racism. While testing a common heart disease drug, researchers say that those who took Propranolol showed  lower “implicit racist attitudes,” than those who did not take the drug.

Dr.  Dr Sylvia Terbeck, of Oxford University, led the study. She believes that the results backup the idea that a person’s racist attitudes are founded on fear. Terbeck explains, “Our results offer new evidence about the processes in the brain that shape implicit racial bias.”

Dr. Terbeck and her team also found that racially biased attitudes can occur in those who are not overtly prejudice (also known as, “I’m not racist, I have ______ friends” syndrome).

She continues: “Implicit racial bias can occur even in people with a sincere belief in equality. Given the key role that such implicit attitudes appear to play in discrimination against other ethnic groups, and the widespread use of propranolol for medical purposes, our findings are also of considerable ethical interest.”

The study polled two groups of individuals and gave them a racial “Implicit Association Test” two hours after taking either Propranolol or a placebo pill. The test asked participants to categorize positive and negative words while viewing images of black and white people. The time taken to perform the tasks helped researchers gauge their implicit levels of racial bias. Those who had taken the drug had less of an implicit bias than their counterparts who had taken the placebo.

Despite the positive results, the drug had no affect on those who held explicitly racist views.

The Telegraph explains:

Propranolol had no effect on a different measure of “explicit” racial prejudice, religious and sexual prejudice, or prejudice against drug addicts.

These were tested using a “feeling thermometer” psychological tool used for assessing explicit prejudice. Volunteers were asked to rate how “warm” they felt towards different groups on a 10-point scale analogous to a thermometer.

The scientists wrote: “The main finding of our study is that propranolol significantly reduced implicit but not explicit racial bias.”

Despite the study’s small size and limitations, the researchers believe it raises important ethical and philosophical questions.

While the results are definitely promising, racial bias is a complicated issue that warrants extensive research. And although I wish there were a pill to cure people’s bias, I’m not sure we’ll ever reach that point.

What do you think? Will racism ever come to an end? 

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    Nah, racism will never come to an end- at least not in my lifetime. However, I do find it rather odd that scientists have found a pill to cure racism. I wonder do they realize that racism is a learned behavior, not an actual sickness. Nice try, though…

  • B.Payne

    This has got to be the saddest research ever…

    Let the racists be who they are so I’ll know and make my decision from there.

    How foul would it be to befriend someone of another race who’s “on the pill” only to find out who they are if they forget to refill their prescription, LOL!

  • geek chik

    i wonder how much money was spent on this research.

  • Dalili

    “How foul would it be to befriend someone of another race who’s “on the pill” only to find out who they are if they forget to refill their prescription, LOL!”

    LMBO!!! This is the funniest thing I’ve read all day! That would be a SNAFU of epic proportions. You can’t ‘cure’ people of learned ideologies, unless the pill numbs them to a point where they forget who they are.

  • HB

    They do make it seem as though that racism is a type of illness. That’s like comparing it to depression. Apply a pill, some therapy and it gets better. I don’t think racism works like that. Although it is an interesting concept. Let’s say that racism is some type of illness that can be cured. Since that’s the case, how can one prescribe the pill? What kind of tests would one have to take? The side effects? Would people willingly take these pills? Who would even admit in polite society that they are racist, and need to take a pill?
    Too many questions to answer at this time. Interesting none the less.

  • LAD86

    Racism will never come to an end. It’s something that is learned. And as long as there are people teaching it, it’s not going away.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    I know I’ve cracked that they’re making a pill for everything these days, but this is ridiculous! I’d laugh if it weren’t so sad. A pill to cure racism – if only it could be that simple.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Racism is NOT a disease!!!!! UUUUUUUUUUUURGH.

  • binks

    And I made a pill that will let your hair grow to your waist in 5 minutes….yeah right. No racism will never end the only “cure” for it is knowledge and exposure to difference/duversity but sometimes that isn’t enough so it is what it is…shrugs

  • Beth

    And one has to wonder if this study is paid or sponsored by the drug companies. One more way for the drug companies to make money pushing more drugs. While I agree that racism is probably a learned behavior, there are different viewpoints on what constitues racist behavior. People today tend to call everyone racist that has differing views whether political or religious.For instance , if you don’t agree with the policies on border control keeping out illegal aliens or you have a differing view on homosexuality, you could be considered a racist. Also, that study seems a little one sided-to only have white males, how is that a fair study?

  • JeffPorter

    Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY!

    Mass immigration and “assimilation” forced on all white countries and ONLY white countries.

    Genocide is genocide,it makes no difference if it is accomplished by bullets and mustard gas,or mass immigration and social engineering.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

  • kissa

    And America belongs to the Native Americans, so what’s your point? We all came here on a boat..It bugs me to no end when white people say this country is theirs, when its a known fact its not..The land was stolen you own natha…Unless your a Native American your not truly an American just an immigrant with citizenship regardless of being born here or not..

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  • Alexandra

    Too bad colonizers couldn’t take your advice, it’s 400+ years late. Europeans left their homes to steal, rule and destroy others. Hard to pity.

  • apple

    the only cure to racism would be a full memory wipe of every one who is living, while destroying all evidence of any civilization that has ever lived…

    a clean slate built on the ashes of the old world

  • Guest

    The study isn’t saying that it cures racism, just that when people are less afraid, less tense then they are less likely to be racist. So, they conclude that racism is caused by fear. That’s all. There won’t be a drug out to cure racism.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    “She believes that the results backup the idea that a person’s racist attitudes are founded on fear.”

    Well she’s a damn fool -

    racism is founded on power.

    The cure for racism is for the victims of racism to become more powerful than their tormentors.

    Never had racism from a white man who couldn’t be sure that he could kick my ass.

    But I have conducted my own experiment in treating the racism of many a white man who thought he could.

    Ironically, I’ve found the most effective treatment for racism to be PAIN and


  • Jenn

    How the F*** did this come up during side effect testing for a heart drug? Seriously, something is bizarre about all this.

  • Jenn

    Oh good, lets reinforce the image of black people having anger issues and a tendency toward violence. That’ll solve the problem. Your rant is their justification for lockin up black men and takin away children from black women.

    Power *is* about fear.

  • mamareese

    Yeah it’s called a dose of reality. Cause diversity in every part of the world ain’t changing, it will only continue to grow. OD on that pimpin’.

  • iQgraphics

    if everyone on the planet is not on the drug, it’s null and void.

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