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'Confirmation bias' has long history of helping whites demonize blacks
'Confirmation bias' has long history of helping whites demonize blacks

Does “confirmation bias” influence the way whites think about police shootings of young men of color? This bias is the tendency to interpret or remember information in a way that confirms what we already believe, and helps us to ignore new data. And it may explain the tension between white cops and black kids — and the public reaction to them — more than outright racism does. Many of us think police must be in the right because we have internalized a fear of black males and assume that they are up to no good. As Harvard sociologist Charles Ogletree has pointed out, “Ninety-nine percent of black people don't commit crimes, yet we see the images of back...

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