The Foundation’s Cultural Contact program is concerned with understanding and improving relations between racial and ethnic groups in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other key institutional settings. Founded in 1992, the program has examined the effectiveness of diversity training and affirmative action in work places and on college campuses. It has also sponsored a series of working groups looking at how the American legal, education, and health care systems are responding to increased ethnic and cultural diversity. The current working groups address two new areas: the interaction between police and minorities, and the cultural frictions between immigrants and local residents in new areas of immigrant settlement.
This groundbreaking volume examines how low institutional and cultural expectations of minorities hinder their academic success, how these stereotypes are perpetuated, and the ways that minority students attempt to empower themselves by redefining their identities.
Police officers were compared with community members in terms of the speed and accuracy with which they made simulated decisions to shoot (or not shoot) Black and White targets. Both samples exhibited robust racial bias in response speed. Officers outperformed community members on a number of measures, including overall speed and accuracy. [...]
New facts recently discovered in the mind and behavioral sciences have the potential to transform both lay and expert conceptions of affirmative action. Drawing on recent findings in implicit social cognition (ISC) and applying a legal methodology called behavioral realism, the authors advance four arguments. [...]
One strategy practiced by many Whites to regulate the appearance of prejudice during social interaction is to avoid talking about race, or even acknowledging racial difference. Four experiments involving a dyadic task investigated antecedents and consequences of this tendency. [...]
Brian Powell's landmark survey of American opinions on family shows how opponents of gay marriage talk about the subject.