Title

Aversive and Modern Racism: Examing Different Types of Prejudice in a Mock Juror Setting

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Spring 3-11-2016

Abstract

Aversive racists are described as people motivated to act in ways consistent with their egalitarian beliefs and will not discriminate if race is made salient, whereas modern racists are expected to discriminate when they can justify their behavior through the conservative values they endorse. Although researchers have distinguished between these two profiles, we do not know whether they differ in their decision making in a juror context. Participants (N=304) read a crime scenario where defendant race, race salience, and justification of the defendant’s actions were manipulated. Results indicate differing patterns of bias among modern and aversive racists. Implications are discussed.

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