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ERIC Number: ED151626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 13
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Black and White Racism: An Unobtrusive Experimental Assessment.
Bromley, Stephanie; And Others
This paper presents the results of a study to assess both interracial and intraracial attitudes in a field setting, using two measures: (1) compliance with a request for help, and (2) juridic judgments. Black and white female college students asked black and white Boston subway passengers to read a description of a (bogus) legal case, involving either a black or a white victim, and to "sentence" the criminal to a jail term of 1 to 35 years. In general, the findings of the study indicate little overt anti-black racism. However, the data indicate that white subjects were sensitive to the race of the experimenter, lending support to the claim that whites have learned to fear blacks. Thus, covert racism might be much greater than overt. The study also found startlingly low compliance rates among black subjects approached by white experimenters, and more severe punishments by blacks when the criminal was white. Thus, the data provided strong support for the assertion that black pride and self-esteem are increasing. Further research is needed, however, to determine if the results were of a local, regional or national nature. (PFS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Boston, Massachusetts, April 12-16, 1977)