Racists and The Dunning-Kruger Effect
The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias that warps our ability to judge our own competence. Unintelligent people think that they are absolutely brilliant because they are not intelligent enough to tell that they are actually, ya know, not.
We encounter this each and every day with racists. The certainty from those who have no reason to be certain. How many times, just this week, have you seen someone outside of a racial group tell someone within a racial group, what their lives were like? How many times have you heard, “There are no white only scholarships” when there are not only multiple white only scholarships but according to studies, most scholarships have a white leaning?
We here this every single day from people who have made no efforts to study the topic they are discussing with certainty. The same people who will argue to the death about what is or isn’t part of someone’s culture. Yet, they themselves are not a part of said culture. They haven’t lived the life or studied the topic. Yet, they are SURE they are right. Positive even.
Even in conversations about the correct definition of racism. The main (often only) reference is the dictionary. Yet, the dictionary itself actually states that words and definitions not only change but are simply the “Accepted” definitions of the time they are added to the book.
Yes, much of this extreme ignorance comes from entitlement and the belief that they are superior. Therefore, there could never ever, under any circumstances, be a topic they aren’t MORE versed in than their darker raced opponent. Still, even with the ignorant entitlement and false superiority complex, what reason do they have to be so SURE? No study. No lived experience. Yet, they know. They know for CERTAIN.