The study found that people hesitated longer to shoot an armed white target (and they were more likely to accidentally not shoot). Participants were quicker and more accurate with black armed targets but there were more “false alarms” (shooting them when they were unarmed). These effects were present even though participants did not hold any explicit discriminatory views and wanted to treat all targets fairly
The key word here is no EXPLICIT discriminatory views.
Yes, clearly they had discriminatory views. But they were not EXPLICIT.
Meaning—they were IMPLICIT, i.e. buried at the subconscious level.
Which is a key thing to know because that’s the level at which we need to combat these biases. More frequent, positive representation of black people in the media would probably be a help since that’s one way we form our subconscious biases.
Not to mention the participants first made the claims of no (implicit) racial bias, and then, afterwards they took the test which blatantly exposed their deeply ingrained racial bias. Not the other way around as was mistakenly implied above. The experiment, necessarily carried out in that order, laid bare the implicit racial bias of the White participants who initially claimed to have absolutely no racial bias at all. The point is that implicit racial bias can be—and often is—just as deadly as explicit racial bias
Civil Rights advocate, » Maya Wiley was linked in the original post above, but it bears repeating: yes, implicit racial bias is still a subject worth discussing and raising awareness on because White supremacy and anti-Blackness is so invasive and so many White people are in denial about it, or so aversive (if not covert) in their racism that our laws and the criminal “justice system" overvalues the alleged intents of police or mere claims (as with the expirement participants) more than the lived experiences of what actually, repeatedly happens each time UNARMED Black people are shot dead
I was trying to explain to my grandma what being bisexual meant and saying that I looked at ladies butts and she was all "You’re not GAY everyone checks out ladies rear ends" and my sister was like "I have never wanted to look at a ladies butt" Later my grandma called me and was like “I THINK I MIGHT BE A LITTLE GAY”
“Wal-Mart earned $27 billion in profit last year. They could afford to pay their bottom million workers $10,000 more a year, raise all of those people out of poverty, cost — save taxpayers billions of dollars, and still earn $17 billion in profit, right? It’s simply nuts that we have allowed this to happen. […] You know, this ridiculous idea that a worker on Wall Street who earns tens of millions of dollars a year securitizing imaginary assets or doing high-frequency trading is worth 1,000 times as much as workers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year educating our children, growing or serving us our food, throwing themselves into harm’s away to protect our life or property, that this difference reflects the true value or intrinsic worth of these jobs is nonsense.”—Nick Hanauer, Venture Capitalist, on the necessity of a living wage (via cognitiveinequality)
What she really means: “Treasure Planet was going to have a sequel and a tv series and instead of having either it faded into the dusty annals of obscure Disney movies that no one seems to know about.”
in french we don’t say “i love you”, we say “vous recevez une heure supplémentaire dans la piscine à balles” which roughly translates to “you are my sun, my stars, my everything” and i think that’s beautiful