According to reports, a common drug used to treat high blood pressure is believed to also “curb racist thoughts.” According to the London Free Press, a new study from the University of Oxford, which was published at the Psychopharmacology journal, claims that people who took the medication known as propranolol “showed less implicit racism — automatic, subconscious bias — than those who took a placebo.”
The study was composed of 36 white men and women. The co-author, Sylvia Terbeck, told LFP press that she believes the results contain new evidence about brain processes and implicit racial bias. The U.K. Telegraph describes how study was administered, saying that the test “requires participants to visually sort particular words like ‘joy’ ,’evil’, ‘happy’ and ‘glorious’, as well as black and white faces, into the correct categories.”
Researchers are working off of the idea that “Implicit racial bias can occur even in people with a sincere belief in equality.”
“Given the key role that such implicit attitudes appear to play in discrimination against other ethnic groups, and the widespread use of propranolol for medical purposes, our findings are also of considerable ethical interest,” Terbeck said.
The direction of this kind of psycho-medical discussion is going in does not look pretty at all, considering the abundance of individuals who use the “racism” accusation against their political opponents on a daily basis. One can only imagine the day when someone suggests that we should all be taking a pill to cure our inherent racist tendencies, because it would be in the “considerable ethical interest” of society.