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Want to Fight Racism? Science Says It Could Be as Easy as Smiling

A new study on “micro-positive” behavior shows that by modeling everyday acts of equality, we help others do the same.

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It’s been a long, difficult year for race relations and the fight for equality in the United States. Whether it’s tragic acts of violence in cities like Ferguson, Missouri and Charleston, South Carolina, or the ongoing debate over the Confederate flag, we find ourselves not only confronting how best to address racism currently in our midst, but how to prevent it from perpetuating in the future, as well. These are complicated problems, and ones for which there aren’t, and may never be, easy solutions. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t simple gestures which can, in their own small ways, help move us toward becoming a more accepting society as a whole.

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