Stephens-Dougan Discusses Race and COVID Public Health Messaging on NPR

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022

On NPR NJ Public Radio, LaFleur Stephens-Dougan discussed the implications of new research that finds that white Americans made aware about COVID's racial disparities cared less about the virus themselves.

Is part of the solution to these troubling implications more humanizing public health campaigns?

I'm not saying that we need to humanize people of color more to make them more sympathetic for people to do what's right for society. But if stark facts result in this backlash effect, then we have to think creatively about what might attenuate some of that backlash....That's hard because of the ways that racism, notions of individualism and politics have all factored into people's feelings about the pandemic.

LaFleur Stephens-Dougan is assistant professor of politics and a CSDP faculty associate at Princeton University. She is the author of Race To The Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics. @LaFleurPhD