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A Pill Can Cure Racism?

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Okay, this is a little weird, but, could the solution to racism be the popular blood pressure pill Propranolol?

I’m not kidding.  There may be a pill to “cure what ails you,” racism.

There is now clinical evidence to suggest that taking 40 milligrams of the drug significantly lowers “subtle and spontaneous biased behavior” against people of other races, as measured by the Harvard University Implicit Association Test.

What?  A little pill could actually bring inclusion and equity to our world?  We could actually have some racial harmony in our society?

Oxford University professor, Sylvia Terbeck was the lead author of the study, and said that “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.”

Now, the researchers aren’t really sure if the Propranolol improved racial attitudes by altering the taker’s brain chemistry, or if the change came simply because it calmed them by slowing down their heart rate.  But, hey…shouldn’t we try to get there any way we can?

Time to call your doctor!

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