Analyzing ‘Watchmen’: Reverse Racism, Reparations, and Morality


Analyzing ‘Watchmen’: Reverse Racism, Reparations, and Morality

Watchmen is an American superhero drama television series, which serves as a continuation of the 1987 DC Comics limited series of the same name created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

The HBO drama is set in an alternate reality where white supremacist group, the Seventh Kavalry, has appropriated Rorschach’s writings and masked image to wage violent war against minorities and the police that enforce special reparations for victims of racial injustice.

Inspired by the show, today we wanted to cover the topics of reverse racism, reparations, and the psychology of Watchmen in general.

In today’s episode of the Shrink Tank Podcast, our panel of Shrinks discuss the psychology of HBO’s Watchmen, reverse racism, and reparations.

Listen to ‘Analyzing ‘Watchmen’: Reverse Racism, Reparations, and Morality’ here, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.


Being Human

Every week our panel of Shrinks breaks down trending topics of psychology in the news that we call Being Human.

Since HBO’s Watchmen covers the concepts of racism and reparations, we wanted to cover the topic of discrimination.

As our politics have fractured increasingly around race, there seems to be more and more confusion about who’s discriminating against whom.

A national survey reported that both blacks and whites believed that discrimination against blacks had declined over the past few decades, but whites believed that discrimination against whites was now more common than discrimination against blacks.

The reason, say the study’s authors Michael Norton and Sam Sommers, is that whites see discrimination as a zero-sum game. The more they thought discrimination against blacks was decreasing, the more they felt discrimination against whites was increasing.

Our panel of Shrinks breaks down their thoughts on these findings.

You can read the study that inspired our discussion here.


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