UT Knoxville PSYC 360 - Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination (3 pages)

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University of Tennessee
Psyc 360 - Social Psychology
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Psyc 360 1st Edition Lecture 22 Outline of Last Lecture I Aggression Outline of Current Lecture II Stereotypes III Prejudice IV Discrimination Current Lecture We have schemas about people based on anecdotes Stereotypes Beliefs about the traits that members of groups typically possess Not saying everyone in the group holds that trait but the typical member does o Thoughts One night in the Bronx 4 undercover cops plain clothes cops On the lookout for an armed black man they had a good description of the man The officers came across who fits description They ask to speak with the man and he reaches in his pocket Officers had decide if the man was going for a gun or not They fired their weapons 41 times killing the man He wasn t going for a weapon he didn t speak English was only reaching for his green card because he didn t realize the men were officers The whole situation took about 6 seconds after the cops got out of their car The Big Question Were the officers racist o What is racism Needs to be asked before answering if they were racist Holding a negative stereotype about the other race Disliking the other race Having biased behavior against members of the other race o Were they crappy cops These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute o Heat of the moment What did the jury think o All four officers were acquitted What is the real answer o Must get inside the officers mind o No one knows the real answer o Need to think like scientists only come to conclusions when you have all the information needed Would a white man be dead if it were the same situation Prejudice Disliking members of the group Feelings Discrimination Behavior biased against members of the group Behavior Thoughts and feelings contribute to our behaviors Prejudice Stereotypes Discrimination Did the officers act on their automatic processes How much control do we have over the beliefs we have Sometimes our actions are out of our control and sometimes our feelings are out of control Without intending to do these actions can it still be discrimination or racism We need to look beyond anecdotes Study where pictures are shown to people of either white or black people holding guns in 93 random places 88 Black Is he holding a gun White 16 12 Armed Unarmed A person is more likely to see a black man holding a gun than a white person holding a gun And more likely to think a black man is holding a weapon even if he isn t There is a statistically significant difference in 12 and 16 Black men show the same bias African American is 7 times more likely to get the death penalty compared to a white person with the same exact crime There are many statistics showing African Americans are at a disadvantage compared to whites

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