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Race In The Courtroom: Perceptions Of Guilt And Dispositional Attributions, Phoebe C. Ellsworth, Samuel R. Sommers Jan 2000

Race In The Courtroom: Perceptions Of Guilt And Dispositional Attributions, Phoebe C. Ellsworth, Samuel R. Sommers

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The present studies compare the judgments of White and Black mock jurors in interracial trials. In Study 1, the defendant’s race did not influence White college students’ decisions but Black students demonstrated ingroup/outgroup bias in their guilt ratings and attributions for the defendant’s behavior. The aversive nature of modern racism suggests that Whites are motivated to appear nonprejudiced when racial issues are salient; therefore, the race salience of a trial summary was manipulated and given to noncollege students in Study 2. Once again, the defendant’s race did not influence Whites when racial issues were salient. But ...