University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study was examined whether there is a bias to attribute criminal activities more to one race than another. Participants read scenarios of different crimes (bank robbery, fraud, and murder) and rated the likelihood that the perpetrator of each crime was Black, White, or Hispanic. As anticipated, the perpetrators were overwhelmingly identified as male. Results also found a strong interaction between race of perpetrator and type of crime. Blacks were more likely identified as the perpetrator of the violent crimes of murder and bank robbery and Whites were more likely identified as the perpetrator of the non-violent crime, fraud. These results suggest that Black-as-criminal and Black-as-violent perceptions exist. Further research should investigate which descriptor terms and racialized language trigger stereotypes.
Hammond-Watson, Nasya and Hamm Baugh, Verneda P.
"Racial Bias in Offender Identification,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 21
, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol21/iss2/12