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David Brooks: "We Should Spend More Effort Rigging Situations" To Make Blacks Appear Smarter, Less Dangerous
Sometimes the behavioral research leads us to completely change how we think about an issue. For example, many of our anti-discrimination policies focus on finding the bad apples who are explicitly prejudiced. In fact, the serious discrimination is implicit, subtle and nearly universal. Both blacks and whites subtly try to get a white partner when asked to team up to do an intellectually difficult task. In computer shooting simulations, both black and white participants were more likely to think black figures were armed. ... Clearly, we should spend more effort rigging situations to reduce universal, unconscious racism.