I swear to God, I'm not prejudiced!!!!
Implicit Association Test on Race (Black White): Something of a Prejudic Meter: How Prejudiced are you?
Here are my results:
"Your data suggest a strong automatic preference for African American relative to European American . . . Depending on the magnitude of your result, your automatic preference may be described as 'slight', 'moderate', 'strong', or 'little to no preference'."
It should be noted that people are interpreting this wrongly. Strong prefence for is not anti-other. Just a quick note as I read through the dkossack comments and wrap my mind around my score. BTW, it is an effective test. If you take it, you'll see what I mean. As for results, mixed bag or maybe just mirror-time. I would have thought "slight automatic preference" but I guess not.
From lowkell @ dkos:
First of all, almost ALL of us are prejudiced to one degree or the other...
88 percent of white people had a pro-white or anti-black implicit bias (in other words, only 12% of whites show no anti-black bias -- yikes!!!)
83 percent of heterosexuals showed implicit biases for straight people over gays and lesbians (apparently, straight people are still stuck in the dark ages when it comes to gays, despite "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," Richard Hatch, etc.)
More than two-thirds of non-Arab, non-Muslim volunteers displayed implicit biases against Arab Muslims (this is actually lower than I expected, post-9/11)
Large majorities showed biases for Christians over Jews (anti-Semitism is apparently not dead in America)
Large majorities showed biases for the rich over the poor (hmmmm...is this support for Thomas Frank's argument in "What's the Matter with Kansas?")
Large majorities showed biases for men's careers over women's careers (Rush says: "yeah, keep 'em barefoot and pregnant!")
As if those results weren't bad enough, it gets even worse in some ways when you look at minorities' attitudes about themselves. Turns out that a lot of them INTERNALIZE the negative biases of the majority culture:
48 percent of blacks showed a pro-white or anti-black bias
36 percent of Arab Muslims showed an anti-Muslim bias
38 percent of gays and lesbians showed a bias for straight people over homosexuals
Now, here are the juicy political findings:
Conservatives, on average, show higher levels of bias against gays, blacks and Arabs than liberals.
"Very conservative" people were STRONGLY biased against gays, compared to "very liberal" people showing almost NO anti-gay bias.
"Very conservative" people hold between "moderate" and "strong" anti-black bias. Just plain "conservatives" score about the same, while "slightly conservative" people fall right on the "moderate" line for anti-black bias.
In contrast, liberals show only SLIGHT anti-black bias, with "very liberal" people showing essentially NONE.
"Very conservative" folks show the most anti-Arab bias, but surprisingly only between "slight" and "moderate." Liberals show between "none" and "slight."
Interestingly, according to the Post, "Most of the people approached for this article declined to participate. Several prominent politicians, Republican and Democrat, declined to take the tests for this article. The aide to one senator bristled, "You think he is a racist!"
According to researchers, "There is likely a biological reason people so quickly make assumptions -- good or bad -- about others...The implicit system is likely a part of the "primitive" brain, designed to be reactive rather than reasoned. It specializes in quick generalizations, not subtle distinctions.