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.
Okay, HERE is a working link to the actual study via PubMed, HERE are the other articles published with funding from the same grant, and HERE is the article that is quoted above as it appears in The Society Pages. It was written by Lauren McGuire, who paraphrased the results of the study and kinda missed a couple of things.
Participants - the abstract does NOT specify whether subjects were police officers or not - “made the correct decision to shoot an armed target more quickly if the target was African American”, and “decided to ‘not shoot' an unarmed target more quickly if he was White.” [emphasis mine]
Also, the third stage of this research “showed that the magnitude of bias varied with perceptions of the cultural stereotype of African Americans as dangerous, and with levels of contact [with the stereotype], but not with personal racial prejudice.” How the authors quantify perceptions of the stereotype, levels of contact with it, and “personal racial prejudice” is not specified in the abstract.
The fourth part of the study showed “equivalent levels of bias among White and African American participants in a community sample.” The community is not specified, but could conceivably be a city police department, civilians within a particular city or town, a group of each, etc.
All of the above quotes are taken from the (two mysteriously different) abstracts on the PubMed and PsycNET articles. Here is where you can buy the full .pdf article for $11.95 (I can’t buy it rn b/c i have to get textbooks soon u_u)
I hope that clears some things up? Fact-checking is my hobby :V