In 2002, a study by Joshua Correll and colleagues, called The Police Officer’s Dilemma, revealed a phenomenon also known as shooter-bias
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
“These effects were present even though participants did not hold any explicit discriminatory views and wanted to treat all targets fairly”
You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s total bullshit. If you’re going to shoot an unarmed black person and then claim to not have discriminatory views …What a crock of shit.
Yeah, that’s the most contradictory statement… like, let’s be honest here.
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