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Title

Race, Threat, and Criminality: Implications for Decision to Shoot

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Recent shootings involving police officers and unarmed Black men, have sharpened focus on how racial biases impact decisions to shoot. One source of this bias is criminality, the extent to which someone’s appearance makes others believe s/he is a criminal. High and low criminality Black and White male targets were evaluated in neutral, negative and positive circumstances. Participants made trait ratings as well as employment and compensation decisions. Results are discussed in terms of sources of bias that may underlie decisions to shoot.

Start Date

25-4-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2015 1:15 PM

Faculty Advisor

Kim MacLin

Comments

Location: Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall

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Apr 25th, 12:00 PM Apr 25th, 1:15 PM

Race, Threat, and Criminality: Implications for Decision to Shoot

Recent shootings involving police officers and unarmed Black men, have sharpened focus on how racial biases impact decisions to shoot. One source of this bias is criminality, the extent to which someone’s appearance makes others believe s/he is a criminal. High and low criminality Black and White male targets were evaluated in neutral, negative and positive circumstances. Participants made trait ratings as well as employment and compensation decisions. Results are discussed in terms of sources of bias that may underlie decisions to shoot.