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Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies

This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By Nazgol Ghandnoosh, PhD (Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project) “When you think about people who break into homes and businesses, approximately what percent would you say are black?” White Americans who responded to this survey question in 2010 […]

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Race, Racism and Law Enforcement in Communities of Color: A Call to Action

By Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD (Executive Director, APA Public Interest Directorate)  The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, at the hands of a police officer has led to outrage and continuing civil unrest in Ferguson, MO. These events are emblematic of the fraught and often problematic interactions that communities of color have […]

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“But You Speak So Well”: How Latinos Experience Subtle Racism

By Silvia L. Mazzula, PhD (Asst. Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY). Dr. Mazzula is also the President-Elect of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey. Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and across the U.S., many Americans proclaimed that Dr. […]

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After the Acquittal: The Need for Honest Dialogue about Racial Prejudice and Stereotyping

By Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD (Executive Director, APA Public Interest Directorate) Psychological research shows that people often notice differences between themselves and others, but judgments about the differences can be based on biased thinking. A national uproar. George Zimmerman’s acquittal of second degree murder charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin has […]