Duke University Study Finds Racial Slurs Remain Common in American Workplaces

dukeuniversitylogoA new study by researchers at Duke University finds that racial slurs are still used frequently in American workplaces. While at times the slurs may be directed at Black employees, often the slurs are uttered in conversations only among Whites. But the study found that many White men are reluctant to object to racist slurs used by other members of their racial group. The authors of the study state that those who failed to speak up when confronted with racial slurs tended to believe in their own group’s social dominance.

The study surveyed 3,000 people in all 50 states. The results showed that racial slurs continued to be used regardless of location, age, industry group, or income level.

The research was published in the journal Organization Science.


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