In the fourth episode of the power pod Professor Cydney Dupree discusses the competence downshift, a well intentioned but ultimately patronizing behavioral strategy among White liberals to appear less competent around Black interaction partners.

To hear more of the song "Cheer up Daniel" from the episode written and performed by Hey Rogue go here.

The episode features insights summarized in this article:

Dupree, C. H., & Fiske, S. T. (in press). Self-presentation in interracial settings: The competence downshift by White liberals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
 

Related:  Read a Yale Insights  article about this research.