A new study by NYU claims if the economy is in a rut, you might be a racist.
According to the study, “It is well known that socioeconomic disparities between White Americans and racial minorities expand dramatically under conditions of economic scarcity,” says David Amodio, the study’s senior author and an associate professor in NYU’s Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science. “Our findings indicate that scarcity changes the way that the people visually perceive another person’s race, and that this perceptual distortion can contribute to disparities.”
The co-author of the study, Amy Korsch, added, “The study’s findings point to a new challenge to discrimination reduction since perceptual effects appear to operate without a person’s awareness. People typically assume that what they see is an accurate representation of the world, so if their initial perceptions of race are actually distorted by economic factors, people may not even realize the potential for bias.”
Read the entire study here.