Black people have super-powers: white people

18 November 2014 - 13:50 By Times LIVE
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Five studies have found that white people tend to believe that black people may have superhuman abilities.

A research paper, published in the journal Personality Science, claims that it is the first empirical investigation into superhumanisation, or "the attribution of supernatural, extrasensory, and magical mental and physical qualities to humans".

The first two studies tested implicit beliefs, showing that whites tend to associate black people with the supernatural.

They then tested this on an explicit level, and found that the more whites think black people have supernatural abilities, the more pain they think black people can take compared to white people.

"Together, these studies demonstrate a novel and potentially detrimental process through which Whites perceive Blacks," the researchers wrote.

So if you are a black person and reading this, and you have faced a situation where it feels like your white boss expects you to do the humanly impossible - well science says he or she does.