Are We Born Racist? A New Israeli Study Has Some Surprising Answers

Is racial discrimination innate or learned? Are humans programmed to prefer their own group over others? Prof. Gil Diesendruck of Bar-Ilan University’s Psychology Department and Gonda Brain Research Center tries to answer these questions.

Chaim Gil, my father, 86 and a Holocaust survivor, sits in front of the television, his head in his hands. He has just watched a report on protests against illegal immigrants from Africa. The blue number etched on his left forearm stands out against his wrinkled skin. “How is it possible?” he mutters. “Jews who suffered so much from racism treating refugees who have fled here in just the same...