Implicit Racial Bias, the Zimmerman Trial, the Verdict

Discussion of the George Zimmerman verdict has been rampant in both the public and private spheres since jurors rendered the divisive decision in mid-July. Zimmerman’s acquittal of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked conversations on a plethora of sensitive topics, including Stand Your Ground laws, the current status of race relations in the United States, and what it means to live at the precarious identity intersection of being Black and male in a society that asserts itself to be “post-racial” despite ample evidence to the contrary.

Implicit Racial Bias, the Zimmerman Trial, the Verdict

Furthering the Field of Intergroup Relations

By Cheryl Staats, Research Associate, With the United States predicted to become a so-called “majority minority” nation around 2042, it is undeniable that our nation and neighborhoods are currently undergoing a significant demographic shift toward greater racial and ethnic diversity.  In addition to births, one key component of this blossoming diversity is immigrant inflows.  According to 2010 American … Continue reading »

Implicit Bias and (Mis)Perceptions

By Cheryl Staats, Research Associate, Also published on Race-Talk A month after his passing, Trayvon Martin’s untimely death at age 17 continues to saturate national headlines.  By now the familiar details are familiar but remain haunting.  Walking home from a convenience store in Sanford, FL on February 26th carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced … Continue reading »

Stepping up or stepping away

By Cheryl Staats, Research Associate, Of the endless reality TV shows competing for viewership, the one I find most intriguing is What Would You Do?, a hidden camera series on ABC.  The provocative show uses hidden cameras and actors in public settings to play out scenarios that involve breaking social norms and/or highlighting cultural stereotypes.  As … Continue reading »

Post-racial? Hardly.

By Cheryl Staats, Research Associate, Every once in a while, research results produce quizzical looks, general confusion, and a collective “Huh?” A recent example that has garnered media attention was published in the May 2011 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science.  The startling article asserts that whites believe that anti-white bias has become more prevalent than anti-Black bias.  The … Continue reading »