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Aliya Saperstein on The Colbert Report

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Aliya Saperstein
Feb 28 2014

Must-see morning clip: Stephen Colbert learns just how racist America really is

On the second to last night of the month, Stephen Colbert announced that “The Colbert Report” will be “dedicating the rest of February to African-American heritage” in honor of Black History Month.”It is such a rich, multifaceted culture for white people to embrace and make less black,” Colbert joked.

The comedian was fascinated by a recent NPR segment on the perception of race in America, in which Stanford sociologist Aliya Saperstein shared her findings that argue that an individual’s race isn’t fixed — it can change over time, and that these changes are often influenced by existing stereotypes.

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