Racial stereotypes. Not just about Race.

“According to a recent series of studies, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stereotypes normally associated with Blacks and Whites are more about ecology than about race.  Given no other information, survey respondents tend to assume that a young Black person is more likely than a White person to embody a “fast” life-style – acting impulsively, having children early, and engaging in opportunistic criminal acts.  But when the researchers — Keelah Williams, Oliver Sng, and Steven Neuberg – probed more deeply, they discovered that this assumption was linked to another assumption, that the Black person is more likely to live in a “desperate ecology” (an environment in which dangers are relatively plentiful, but opportunities are relatively scarce, and likely to disappear if you don’t take them right away).  Indeed, survey respondents assume the exact same “fast” and impulsive characteristics apply to White people living in desperate ecologies.”-D.T. Henrick

Douglas T. Henrick, Ph.D., 2016, PsychologyToday


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