Rational Blindness: A Socio-psychological Investigation of a Phenomenon that Disrupts the Self-efficacy Development of African American Culture

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"Below is the theory of Rational Blindness (RB) and its connection to men and women of African descent. Rational Blindness is seductively inductive reasoning that those of African descent find themselves using to navigate their worlds, worlds controlled by racism and oppression. Rational Blindness is a phenomenon that can disrupt the development of self-efficacy for many men and women within these societies. Rational Blindness, for African Americans, is acquired primarily through oppression and racism. ...[Those] who are browbeaten must slip the blindfold over their eyes and accept their position as rational. Every decision after that is made using the blind rationale. Rational Blindness is one way that ideology affects one's ability to judge clearly. What one believes establishes what one can see and think." -James H. Ford

Table of Contents

Generational Trauma
One Beginning
Rational Blindness through a Psychological Lens
Rational Blindness from Socio-historical Perspective
Rational Blindness from a Literary Perspective
America, the Great Benevolent Country Versus Rational Blindness--The It Factor
Minorities and the Brawl with America
Forms of Social Devices that Promote Cultural Autonomy and Rational Equality
Correcting the Philosophical Institutional Bias
The National Holiday
The Veterans
Providing Help for Generational Trauma
Restoring the Link
Correcting the Frieze of American History
A National Anthem for All Americans
The Apology
The Street Name Changes
Works Cited
About the Author

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