Lay beliefs about who can bridge the Black-White racial gap during interracial exchanges

Wilton, L.S., Rattan, A, Abrams, S and Genao-Perez, Y (2021) Lay beliefs about who can bridge the Black-White racial gap during interracial exchanges. Social Psychological and Personality Science. ISSN 1948-5506 (In Press) OPEN ACCESS

Abstract

For group discussions about fraught racial topics between Black and White Americans to be beneficial, conversation participants must view the person who facilitates as effective at communicating both the perspectives of Black and White Americans. We identify a biracial advantage in this domain. In three studies (total N=710), we tested how a facilitator’s race affects their perceived effectiveness in communicating with both Black and White Americans. Both Black and White participants expected Black and White monoracial facilitators to more effectively engage with racial ingroup than racial outgroup members. However, they expected Biracial facilitators to be equally effective in communicating with both Black and White groups. Both Black and White participants also expected biracial facilitators to use productive learning strategies (perspective taking, showing empathy) more than White facilitators, and either more than or equally to Black facilitators, suggesting one reason why people expect biracial facilitators to perform well in these moments.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 09:41
Date of first compliant deposit: 20 Sep 2021
Subjects: O > Organisational behaviour
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 12:27
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1959
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