What if Charlie Weasley is asexual? Like what if when his brothers were going through puberty and getting crushes on girls and just obsessing over them, Charlie was just like, “Guys. DRAGONS.”
J.K. Rowling confirms it here.
Informing the white public that the percentage of black Americans in prison is far greater than the percentage of white people behind bars may not spur support for reform. Instead, it might actually generate support for the policies – such as stop-and-frisk and three-strikes laws – that created the situation.
Hetey and Eberhardt, an associate professor of psychology, wanted to know whether making white people aware of racial disparities in incarceration would bolster or diminish their support for draconian policies.
Their first experiment unfolded at a train station near San Francisco. A white female researcher asked 62 white voters to watch a video containing mug shots of male inmates. Some of the participants saw a video in which 25 percent of the mug shots were of black men, while others saw a video in which the percentage of black men among the mug shots rose to 45 percent.
The participants then had an opportunity to sign a real petition aimed at easing the severity of California’s three-strikes law. “It seemed like a great opportunity – a real-life political issue – to test this question of whether blacker prison populations lead people to accept these more punitive policies,” Eberhardt said.
The results were clear. Over half of the participants who’d seen the mug shots with fewer black men signed the petition, whereas only 27 percent of people who viewed the mug shots containing a higher percentage of black inmates agreed to sign. This was the case regardless of how harsh participants thought the law was.
To determine whether fear of crime might explain these findings, Hetey and Eberhardt conducted a second experiment.
In 2012, the New York City Police Department detained people more than 500,000 times under the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk law. Of that total, 55 percent were African-American. For their experiment, Hetey and Eberhardt showed 164 white New Yorkers statistics about the prison population.
The New York residents read about black inmates either in terms of the national incarceration rate (40 percent of prisoners are black) or the New York City rate (60 percent.) Next, they were asked about their support for the stop-and-frisk policy.
About 33 percent of the participants who saw the lower national statistic were willing to sign a petition to end the policy. But only 12 percent of those who saw the higher city rate of black incarceration were willing to sign the petition.
Participants who saw the higher rate of black incarceration were more likely to report concern over crime, which was associated with reluctance to sign the petition.
Social activists or policymakers trying to fight inequality often use statistical evidence to motivate people to join their cause. In light of this study, that strategy may backfire.
"Many legal advocates and social activists seem to assume that bombarding the public with images, statistics and other evidence of racial disparities will motivate people to join the cause and fight inequality," Hetey said. "But we found that, ironically, exposure to extreme racial disparities may make the public less, and not more, responsive to attempts to lessen the severity of policies that help maintain those disparities."
"Our research shows that numbers don’t always speak for themselves," Eberhardt said. "Reducing inequality takes more than simply presenting people with evidence of extreme inequality."
i’ll just add three things to this.
first, the two states wherein the real life tests were conducted are two of the most liberal, left leaning states in america. this once again proves that being a democrat does NOT mean that they are on our side on issues about race. black people need to stop thinking that way. your white liberal friend isn’t an ally because they’re liberal and voted for barack.
second, we all know the racial disparity in arrests and convictions right? we all know that the “drug war” was specifically aimed at black and latino neighborhoods even though research showed that white neighborhoods had either as much of greater drug use. which brings me to my last point.
a quote from douglas s. massey as stated in “american apartheid” : whether whites care to admit it or not, they have a selfish interest in maintaining the categorical mechanisms that perpetuate racial stratification. as a result, when pushed by the federal government to end overt discriminatory practices, they are likely to innovate new and more subtle ways to maintain their privileged position in society. if one discriminatory mechanism proves impossible to sustain, whites have an incentive to develop alternatives that may be associated only indirectly with race and therefore not in obvious violation of civil rights law. the specific mechanisms by which racial stratification occurs than thus be expected to evolve over time as practices and institutions shift in response to civil rights enforcement and other societal changes.
however this is all moot right? this is just black people playing the “race card” and just making shit up right? rIgHt?
oh good, this made it to tumblr. this article was so shocking and yet not surprising at all.
This is relevant
Ferguson, Mo. at 12:21 AM CDT, August 20.
THIS PLAYED FOR LITERALLY LIKE TEN SECONDS AND I AM ALREADY CRYING FUCK YOU
THE STRINGS STARTED AND INWAS SO FUCKING DONE
I’m only sharing tweets for those who are not on twitter and can’t see how passionate and outraged journalists are as they tweet from #Ferguson.
If you are on Twitter, here’s a good roster of people to follow if you want to keep updated.
"There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people." .. (Commander Adama, Battlestar Galactica)
-intelligence (or lack of)
-skills (or lack of)
-friends (or lack of)
Who ever reblogs this will get a message in their inbox.
*slayer voice* I don’t actually understand slayer but I’m afraid to ask
So I know we’re all excited for Nicki’s video but this happening in Ferguson.
The protests were peaceful and the police had taken down barricades and we’re off to the side protecting businesses and now outta nowhere people are being arrested and I don’t understand like there was almost a peaceful nice
I accidentally electrocuted myself and I can’t feel the lower part of my jaw very well.
I have been told it’s not good to have been electrocuted more than once.
Wesley Lowery recalling a scene in his mind when the police were yelling at photographers to back up because they didn’t want photographers documenting anything. This literally made me cry people in Ferguson are terrified for their lives. Scared of the people who are suppose to protect them.
- The younger crowd is pleading for the media to stay: “Show the world what they’re about to do to us!” #Ferguson
- Just told to go into our cars. An on-scene reporter was told to get into his car, and media were told to get into their cars. It’s about to reach a boiling point in Ferguson.
- Protesters are asking the media to stand with them and not return to the media area #Ferguson
that neither of us can win,
tongues twisted up like roots.
I want to kiss you and feel like I am growing.
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