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November 28, 2017

"Looking Criminal and the Presumption of Dangerousness: Afrocentric Facial Features, Skin Tone, And Criminal Justice"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new paper now on SSRN authored by Mark Bennett and Victoria Plaut. Here is the abstract:

Social psychologists have established that faces of Black males trigger thoughts of violence, crime, and dangerousness and thoughts of crime trigger thoughts and images of Black males. This presumption of dangerousness increases with darker skin tones (colorism) and greater Afrocentric facial features and affects both men and women.

We examine the history of the stereotype of Blacks and crime, violence, and dangerousness arising in the United States from the time of slavery.  We focus on the historical development of this stereotype through a lens of history, literature, pseudo-science, emerging neuroscience, media distortion of crime reporting, and the development of the Negro-ape metaphor.  We then look beyond the Black-White race dichotomy to explore the evolving social science literature examining the influence of skin tone and Afrocentric facial features on the length of criminal sentences.  We further explore the social science supporting the presumption of dangerousness and conclude with recommendations to help ameliorate this problem that permeates the American criminal justice system.

November 28, 2017 at 01:19 PM | Permalink


I subscribe to all -isms and -ophobias. They are folk statistics, mostly true, most of the time.

Our blacks are not even black. Their DNA comes from the British Isles, that sent us their criminals, and misfits.

Very dark people are from Africa, and will generate a reverse form of racism. See a very dark person, you will get a great employee, a curve busting student. That is the new stereotype. Africans are the new Koreans. This study is obsolete, since this belief is already widespread in the employment and school admissions community.

Posted by: David Behar | Nov 28, 2017 4:08:25 PM

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Posted by: Docile the Kind Soul | Nov 28, 2017 6:27:11 PM

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