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ERIC Number: EJ790008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
The Impact of Racial Slurs and Racism on the Perceptions and Punishment of Violent Crime
Saucier, Donald A.; Hockett, Jericho M.; Wallenberg, Andrew S.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v23 n5 p685-701 2008
When a crime is committed by an individual of one race against an individual of another race, there is the possibility that the crime is a hate crime. Legislation often mandates harsher penalties for perpetrators convicted of crimes determined to be hate crimes, yet this determination is difficult to make. This study used vignettes of violent crimes to examine how the races of the perpetrators and victims, the severity of the assault, and the use of racial slurs by the perpetrators would affect perceptions of the crimes as "hate crimes," victim blaming, and sentencing recommendations. Results showed that each of these factors affected participants' perceptions and punishments of violent crime. Participants' levels of racism were an additional factor. These results contribute to the understanding of how crimes in which the perpetrator's and victim's races differ are perceived. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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