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Old 06-08-2007, 10:58 AM   #1
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Reality check on racism

Foo. Took this test yesterday at high speed to get the best result and found myself to be moderately racist. I knew I was somewhat racist, but had expected better of myself. Very interesting:

http://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/study.html
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:53 PM   #2
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i'm prejudiced against anyone who isn't me, but i deal with it.

raised in neighborhood where it was still on the books that blacks had to get out of town by sunset, the first black family moved in coincidentally the year my family moved out.

we moved to st croix where it was 95% black & 5% white. so first i didn't know prejudice because there were no blacks and now i figured you better not show prejudice because yer a bit out-numbered.

then we moved to florida where high schools had been recently integrated. our school was closed down a few times because of race wars. unstrategically yet conveniently, i befriended the strongest black wrestler in school and never had a rock thrown at me.

on your test i'm in the 27% who strongly prefer european americans, no duh. i also strongly prefer being with gay people (3% catagory), go figure. i'm well behaved among str8s but really i just tolerate you. oddly though, on this gay test i'm rated at only 26% gay (i told you i was butch).
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:26 PM   #3
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I tried it and it said I was in the 2% who have a "Strong automatic preference for African Americans" . Given that I am pretty much as white as they come, I was surprised.
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I tried it and it said I was in the 2% who have a "Strong automatic preference for African Americans" . Given that I am pretty much as white as they come, I was surprised.

I took the test three times and the same result Strong automatic preference for African americans. Now being a white 51 yo I was NOT surprised. I have worked and lived in a multiracial community for almost my entire life. Color was never an issue in my home. I even dated women from different races and quite frankly it was because they were nice people!

I believe the test is given and people who have never lived or worked with african americans or black humans would have racist undertones due to the medias coverage of them.
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i had a slight preference for straight people! to my great surprise! i have much more fun with non-straight people!
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since when is preference racism. i don't think str8 people are all dumb and smelly. i simply prefer to be with gay people. going to a gay bar to me is like entering a sanctuary. but that doesn't make me a racist.

just as associating and even dating a different race doesn't make you a liberal or mean that you are not racist. it might just be a fetish.

given all that, i'm not so sure the title of this thread coincides well with the test to which it refers.
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it might just be a fetish.
aaah! wonder how the haahvud folks accounted for that?!
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just as associating and even dating a different race doesn't make you a liberal or mean that you are not racist. it might just be a fetish.

given all that, i'm not so sure the title of this thread coincides well with the test to which it refers.
Hmm. when i took the test yesterday and copied the link it went direct to the B/W preference test. I didn't even see the other tests.
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your link took me straight to the haha straight/gay one...took that plus the b/w and the weird one about luck/no luck...
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I got "Your data suggest little to no automatic preference between Light Skin and Dark Skin."

I blame Armed Forces Radio and Television Service for brainwashing me.

It reminds me of a story that my dad told me. Rosslyn, Virginia has a bunch of goverment offices around it and a restaurant called Tom Sarris's Orleans house. In the 50s, Northern Virginia was very segregated. My dad was starting out as a Foreign Service officer and his integrated class went to the restaurant for lunch. They had set aside an area called the "Federal" section so that Negros (as African Americans were known) and Whites could dine together, probably violating Virginia State law at the time.
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I think the test as administered is fundamentally flawed.

It starts by associating "good" with light skinned and "bad" with dark skinned. Then once you've become "trained" in that left/right hand ordering, it flips them on you and forces you to overcome that training...the process of overcoming the training produces slower responses...which they then measure as levels of racism.

I think this test principally examines and measures your ability to overcome rote training and prior short term experience...not racism.
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I think the test as administered is fundamentally flawed.

It starts by associating "good" with light skinned and "bad" with dark skinned. Then once you've become "trained" in that left/right hand ordering, it flips them on you and forces you to overcome that training...the process of overcoming the training produces slower responses...which they then measure as levels of racism.

I think this test principally examines and measures your ability to overcome rote training and prior short term experience...not racism.
I wondered about that. If you said that you were dark skinned and preferred dark skin, would it start out with dark skin as being good and light skin bad?
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Perhaps. It seemed curious as to why they'd ask you so many questions about you and your racial preferences if the test could figure that out adequately on its own.

As some people indicated above, they were surprised by the results. So i'm guessing the test feels it 'found' something different from what the test subject told it.

Maybe it was different for others, but I didnt find myself fighting an association of goodness/badness with skin color, but that I was used to the colors and 'goodness' parts being associated with one side of the screen and I definitely found myself fighting that prior training.

But then I did a lot of these sorts of behavioral tests for a living...which might mean i'm better at seeing the goofy parts, or perhaps the exposure made me resistant to some approaches to testing or changed the way I respond to them.
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resistance is futile...

i tested neutral on the b/w test - so i don't think it's flawed at all!
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I for some reason chose the gay/straight test. I'm hetero but scored a "moderate preference" for gays. This put me among only 6% of the people taking the test (which, based on the assumption that ~10% of us are gay.. is something!) It's not clear how much was based on the image pairings and how much on the 1-10 scale of self-declared preferences on the initial questionnaire. When asked which type of people I "felt most warmly towards".. it was hard to give hetero men/women a high score. I'm very picky! I didn't give anyone higher than 6, anyway. I think I have had mostly positive rapports with gay friends while my experiences with the larger population are quite mixed.
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Looks like I scored "strong automatic preference for gay people versus straight people." (But but but, some of my best friends are straight...)

Did anyone else find it odd that the "gay" images were all male-male pairings, no female-female ones? Or did women get the female-female ones? (Now I'm trying to remember whether they asked for one's gender before or after the test.)
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It does ask for gender in the beginning. If it factors anything you say into its results, its skewing them by the subjects anticipated bias...which may or may not be accurate.

By letting the test subject know they're being tested and what they're being tested for, then creating a focused pattern and disrupting it, they're pretty much producing a bad result.

End result probably depends heavily on whether you tend to pick up repetitive tasks quickly and/or whether you can 'unlearn' them quickly.

Closest analog is rubbing your belly while patting yourself on the head, and then reversing it so you're patting your belly while rubbing your head. I'll bet if you can do this smoothly and without glitching, you do 'well' on these tests.

More flexible people in this regard would therefore score well in many of the tests, where more rigid people wouldnt. Bit of a self fulfilling prophecy.
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my test had girl/girl pix...wonder if results would have been different if they were naked or kissing etc.! they were like old school victorian chicks and bathroom girl/girl pics...he he
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If that were the case, I'd probably have to take the test again...maybe several times...to perhaps reassess my opinion.
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I think the test as administered is fundamentally flawed.

It starts by associating "good" with light skinned and "bad" with dark skinned. Then once you've become "trained" in that left/right hand ordering, it flips them on you and forces you to overcome that training...the process of overcoming the training produces slower responses...which they then measure as levels of racism.

I think this test principally examines and measures your ability to overcome rote training and prior short term experience...not racism.
CFB, thank you. I was about to write the same thing, but you did it for me and saved me the bother.

Furthermore, how on earth does one calibrate such a test? Is there someone who is 'certifiably 80% racist' that they can use as a refernce standard?

total bs, imo. Which is not to say that I believe myself to be totally free of racism.
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