Whites' perceptions of biracial individuals' race shift when biracials speak out against bias

Wilton, L, Rattan, A and Sanchez, D (2018) Whites' perceptions of biracial individuals' race shift when biracials speak out against bias. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9 (8). pp. 953-961. ISSN 1948-5514 OPEN ACCESS

Abstract

Previous research suggests that a person’s racial identity shapes the way others respond when that person speaks out against racial prejudice. In the present research, we consider instead how speaking out against racial prejudice shapes people’s impressions of a confronter’s racial identity, such as experiences with discrimination, stereotype enactment, and even phenotype. Two experiments found that White perceivers evaluated a Black/White biracial person who spoke out against (versus remained silent to) racial prejudice as more stigmatized and Black-identified, and as having more stereotypically Black (vs. White) preferences and Black (vs. White) ancestry when they confronted. The faces of biracial confronters (vs. non-confronters) were also recalled as more phenotypically Black (vs. White; Study 2). This evidence suggests that speaking out against bias colors Whites’ impressions of a biracial target across both subjective and objective measures of racial identity. Implications for interracial interactions and interpersonal perception are discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
Additional Information: Wilton L, Rattan A; Sanchez D. Whites' perceptions of biracial individuals' race shift when biracials speak out against bias, Social Psychological and Personality Science. 9 (8), pp953-961. Copyright © 2017 (SAGE). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications
Subjects: P > Prejudice
P > Perception
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 15:43
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 23:52
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/855
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