(Washington Post) You have recently joined a book club.
Before each meeting, one member of the literary collective sends an email to the club secretary offering a few thoughts on the assigned text. This month, it's your turn to compose the brief review.
A new study suggests that the words you use may depend on whether the club secretary's name is Emily ("a stereotypically White name," as the study says) or Lakisha ("a stereotypically Black name"). If you're a white liberal writing to Emily, you might use words like "melancholy" or "euphoric" to describe the mood of the book, whereas you might trade these terms out for the simpler "sad" or "happy" if you're corresponding with Lakisha.
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But if you're a white conservative, your diction won't depend on the presumed race of your interlocutor.