Psychologists find that black men are seen as more threatening than white men

  • 7 years ago
The American Psychological Association published a study on stereotypes and perceptions of the male body. John Paul Wilson, the study's author, and his colleagues found consistent biases toward black men in all of the surveys and studies. Their findings indicate that black men appear more physically intimidating and stronger than white men of the same size. He notes that the findings are relevant to the cases of Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin, two black boys who the media characterized like men. Nonblack participants in the study reported that police would be justified in using force against black men. Our research suggests that these descriptions may reflect stereotypes of black males that do not seem to comport with reality. - John Paul Wilson