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date: 30 May 2020

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Race matters. Individuals perceive and process others’ races, and race may consequently affect their actions in helping situations. This may result, interestingly, in their providing help to individuals of other races at either increased or decreased levels. The author discusses how race is perceived, how racism has evolved, and how discrimination based on race may be expressed in helping situations. Past literature is summarized that document how and when race influences helping, and motivations are discussed that may explain why potential helpers choose to help, or not to help, individuals of other races. The author provides further examination of specific types of helping situations, including emergencies and helping after disasters, and finally offers directions for future research to investigate the effects of race on helping.

Keywords: race, helping, racism, prejudice, discrimination, intergroup bias

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