This is a good case study in the distorting effects of racial essentialism and the way it can exaggerate differences in perception among racial groups. (1/x)
So here is a survey finding from Harvard showing that a majority of both white and black faculty agree with a proposition, and that the white majority that agrees is bigger than the black majority that agrees. (2/x)
Here is how an analysis of that survey finding characterizes it, emphasizing racial disparities despite the fact that majorities of both races agree with the proposition. But that's not all. (3/x)
The language "...a stark difference in what white faculty feel to be true and what Black faculty know to be true" misleading implies 1) unanimity among races, with a black view and a white view 2) knowledge that the black view is correct. This is very weird for 2 reasons! 4/x
1) there is no white or black view, among whites and blacks, there are people on both sides of the question

2) the view characterized as "what black faculty know to be true" is the minority view among black faculty! A majority of black faculty "know" something else 5/x
Put another way, the view that a minority of blacks hold is implicitly presented as both correct and the *true* black position. (And of course many Harvard faculty are neither white nor black, but that's a different thread) 6/x
Am I missing something @NeilLewisJr or @LucinaUddin?

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