Asked to identify the age of a young boy that committed a felony, participants in a study routinely overestimated the age of black children far more than they did white kids.
The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, aimed at figuring out the extent to which black children were likely to be treated differently than their white peers solely based on race.
Author Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA told the American Psychological Association, ”Our research found that black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent.”
In the graph below, their research shows the shows the number of use of force incidents by officers in the study:
The below graph shows the results of the study of mean age overestimation by college participants (left) and, frighteningly of police officers (right) in the study:
Police participants in particular grossly overestimated the age of black children when they suspected them of felonies especially. In fact, when a police officer suspected a white child of a felony, they underestimated their ages on average. College students also mimicked this trend in grossly overestimating the age of black children they suspected of felonies vs. white and latino children.
"[T]he implicit dehumanization of Blacks," the study’s authors write, “was a significant predictor of racial disparities in the use of force against children” — though they’re clear to note that it is “plausible that negative interactions with Black children disproportionately produce implicit anti-Black dehumanization.”
The humanity and innocence of black children and their bodies does not exist in our virulently antiblack society. There is no sanctity of black life, and we will even execute 14 year old black children like George Stinney for the crime of existing in our white supremacist society. Even criminal white children will still be seen as children, whereas black children are simply miniature adults bound to fill another bed in the prison industrial complex. Sickening.
A 19-year-old girl has deleted her Twitter account after she tweeted a photo in blackface stating she’s now “apart” of “Black Twitter”. Sara’s account was soon deleted after Twitter users basically pulled off their version of a witch hunt, which included posting personal information about Sara’s place of work, as well as her real name.
Apparently no one informed Sara that blackface isn’t a…
New York police and fire officials were responding to reports of a massive explosion in Manhattan’s East Harlem, authorities said Wednesday.
Not much is known about this right now, it seems to have happened within the last hour. When I see things like this, these days and post 9/11, I always worry a little extra. It’s something unfortunate to have happened regardless of the cause, but I do hope it was something more like a gas main leaking rather than a targeted attack.
For anyone in the greater NYC area, reports are saying that because the explosion was very close to commuter train tracks (there appears to be rubble on the tracks in the video) trains from Grand Central Station, especially those headed for Connecticut, are being delayed.
I hope no one was killed or severely injured, and as always, a huge thank you to first responders.
Michele Bachmann says she thanks God for the Koch Brothers, the billionaire duo who have contributed tens of millions of dollars to conservative causes. During an interview at the Koch-sponsored Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, Bachmann defended the pro-GOP mega-donors against recent criticism from Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
The Minnesota congresswoman claimed that more wealthy donors would give to conservative causes if progressives weren’t “intimidating people from giving money to our cause” and suggested that people who criticize conservative donors be tried under the anti-organized crime RICO Act.
Bachmann told conservative talk show host Lars Larson that she thanks God for the Kochs and their giving:
I just thank God that there’s a billionaire or two on our side. All the billionaires seem to be on the radical left, so I’m glad that we have a couple on ours. I hope we get a few more that are willing that come out but realize also this is an intimidation movement, I’m sure that the donors on our side don’t like to have their names vilified and that’s what this is about, intimidating people from giving money to our cause, that’s it. There’s something called the RICO statute, the racketeering law, that should be applied against them for doing this.
From the 03.06.2014 edition of Compass Media Networks’ The Lars Larson Show:
Adegbile’s failed nomination wasn’t really just about Abu-Jamal, but a larger conservative attack on the civil rights division – the part of the Justice Department dedicated to enforcing the nation’s civil rights laws. Convinced that anti-black racism is a thing of the past and that federal intervention to secure minority rights does more harm than good, conservatives have waged a years long campaign to dominate, dismantle or discredit the civil rights division and the laws it is designed to enforce.
Adegbile is a celebrated Supreme Court litigator who has devoted his life to protecting laws conservatives want to see repealed, overturned or interpreted so narrowly as to be toothless, and that was reason enough for Republicans to oppose him. But absent the spectre of a revival of Willie Horton-style race baiting politics, it would not have been sufficient to bring skittish Democrats along for the ride.
Republicans don’t just oppose Adegbile. They oppose the civil rights division itself.
Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.
Little Girl Blue ~ Laura Mvula (from 12 Years A Slave OST)
I have been singing the praises of Ms Mvula for a few years now but this tune from the great movie, 12 Years A Slave, is a killer. You ear is seduced by her choice phrasing, no huge push to create some kind ofmelismatic anthemic commercialized hunk of nothing! Sublime, sound that brushes your ears and mind with the hand..voice..of a master. The arranging is so perfect too, piano that talks not plods or pounds, bass to the minimal side and percussion that is fitting and clear. I guess you can tell I like this one…sorry perhaps it was the movie, the song but I know this is a great song and the original is nothing to be sneezed at either by Nina Simone no less. So here you have my offering for the Sunday Soundtrack of Lives Lived from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner! Peace, love and yet more love, y’all!
Fun History Fact: The overwhelming majority of cowboys in the U.S. were Indigenous, Black, and/or Mexican persons. The omnipresent white cowboy is a Hollywood studio concoction meant to uphold the mythology of white masculinity.