Study: How different races see each other
The PEW Research Center recently released a study of racial bias between Blacks, whites, Asians and biracial individuals. Results varied between striking and predictable.
First, the obvious.
Using an Implicit Association Test (which checks "hidden" attractions and repulsion), PEW surveyed 100 people from different categories of racial identification and found that few adults are completely unburdened by subconscious racial biases.
Most interestingly, fewer biracial adults proved to be race-neutral. Only 23 percent of white and Black biracial adults said they had no preference, and just 22 percent of Asian biracial adults.
Here are a couple of the other note-worthy findings:
- Single-race Asians were about as likely to show a bias for whites over Asians (38%) as they were to regard Asians more favorably than whites (42%). The remaining 20% did not clearly favor one race over the other.
- The experiment also found that about half of all single-race whites in the Pew Research Center test automatically preferred whites over blacks (48%), including about a third (35%) who favored whites moderately to strongly. A quarter of all whites demonstrated an implicit bias for blacks, and a similar share (27%) was race-neutral.
- By contrast, fully half of all single-race whites preferred whites over Asians, or more than double the share (20%) that preferred Asians. Three-in-ten whites favored neither race over the other.
- Among single-race blacks, 45% were quicker to associate positive words with blacks and negative words with whites, including 28% with a moderate or strong automatic preference for blacks.