In a series of experiments, the researchers showed over 950 online black and nonblack U.S. participants a series of color photographs of the faces of white and black men who were of equal height and weight.
Participants then had to guess the height, weight and muscularity of the pictured subjects. Researchers found that the estimates were consistently biased.
All participants saw black men as larger, stronger and more muscular than white men, even though they were the same.
However, nonblack participants perceived black men to be more capable of causing harm in a fictional fight scenario, and, even more disquieting, that police would be more justified in using force to subdue the black men — even if they were unarmed.
That black men cannot even be perceived as who they actually are is a factor, according to researchers, in America’s police brutality epidemic. Read more (3/13/17 12:16 PM)