Saturday, January 22, 2005

I swear to God, I'm not prejudiced!!!!

Via dkos

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 ( 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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, of course, amongst liberals, there is a very high bias against the unborn child.

Amongst conservatives, there is a high bias in favor of the unborn child.

Amongst liberals, there is a very high bias in favor of pro-abortion politicians, including some who even support highly pro-abort politicians for president with one's own blog.

Amongst conservatives, there is a bias in favor of pro-life politicians.

Amongst very conservatives, defense of the unborn is a primary factor in their bias towards politicians who likewise defend the unborn.

Just thought I'd help round out this survey.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Ono said...

Among liberals, there is a very high bias in favor of common sense and problem solving. Among conservatives . . .

Just thought I'd help you out correct your misperceptions and tell you more about yourself.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberals being in favor of a woman being able to have the child within her womb torn apart to the tune of over 45 million since 1973 is not common sense. It is hellish. So, Ono, are YOU pro-abortion? (Or "pro-choice," or whatever twisting of the truth that you want to call it?)

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An interesting oversight in this survey showing that liberals are somehow less racist than conservatives is that the vast majority of liberals support of abortion is racist in itself. Abortion has had a much more devasting impact on the black community. Planned Parenthood often has its locations in the black neighborhoods. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was racist and a believer in eugenics. Hitler was one who praised Margaret Sanger. Funny how those who wish to show how much they are not racist will hold up Margaret Sanger as someone worthy of honoring.

David B

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for personal comfort and safety.” MLK, Jr.

David B.

12:00 PM  

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