chapter  2
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Attitudes Toward Blacks and the Handicapped

In this country blacks are negatively stereotyped and segregated, whereas the blind, deaf, and crippled are usually regarded as unfortunate people who may legitimately expect help from others. It is also true, although less widely recognized, that these dominant dispositions of prejudice against blacks and sympathy for the handicapped are often accompanied by feelings of an opposite kind-that is, of friendliness toward blacks and aversion for the handicapped. Thus it has been observed that most whites are concerned about the existence of racial inequality and discrimination and that the physically impaired are frequently patronized or avoided. Evidence is presented that tends to support the view that ambivalence is an important feature of attitudes toward both of these groups.