Commentary: The dream of a post-racial America is a cop out
- October 5, 2011
- A study by Andrew Penner, sociology assistant professor, is featured in Bet October 4, 2011
Here's how deep the problem lies: In a recent study conducted by researchers from Tufts University, Stanford University and the University of California at Irvine, people were shown pictures of a computerized, racially ambiguous face in different hues, paired with different styles of clothing. The study's predominately white participants were more likely to indicate that the figure was Black if it was dressed in a janitor's uniform rather than a business suit, even if the suited figure's skin was darker. In addition, mouse-tracking data showed that even when participants decided that a face paired with lower-status attire was a white person, their mouse initially hovered toward labeling the figure Black before the final decision.
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