Gender, Race, and Crime

Gender, Race, and Crime (CRIM 360)
Fall 2018
In class, we talked about implicit bias. We also looked into implicit association tests (IAT), which are computer-based tests that measure how rapidly people are able to categorize words and images. This type of test capitalizes on the fact that most of us identify words and images more rapidly when they come from closely related categories than when they come from unrelated categories. For instance, if you associate librarians with intelligence and boxers with violence, you can probably tell in a split-second that synonyms for intelligence like “smart” and “brainy” relate to the dual category “librarians or intelligence,” and synonyms for violence like “aggression” and “hostility” relate to the dual category “boxers or violence.”
But, what if we switch the elements around, and you are asked whether smart and brainy relate to the dual category “librarians or violence” or to the dual category “boxers or intelligence”? In this case it will probably take you longer to match smart and brainy with the category containing “intelligence,” because these dual categories contain elements that are not stereotypically related to each other. Thus, by comparing the speed with which people categorize words or images, the IAT indirectly assesses how closely people associate certain elements with each other. To examine racial stereotypes, for example, the test might replace librarians and boxers with Whites and Blacks. With this version of the IAT, faster responses to “Whites or intelligence” and “Blacks or violence” (compared with “Whites or violence” and “Blacks or intelligence”) could indicate the presence of an implicit stereotype.
For this assignment, I would like you to take two implicit bias tests (one dealing with race, and one with gender) from Project Implicit. You can access the tests at the following website:
<link is hidden> /> After completing the tests, complete a reflection paper that describes at least two new pieces of information (one for race and one for gender) you have learned about hidden bias, prejudice, stereotyping, stigma, or discrimination as a result of taking the test and what we talked about in class. Write about how this new information helped you better understand an experience you have had personally or an experience someone in the criminal justice system could encounter related to hidden bias. Please do this for both race and gender.
Here are my expectations for the assignment:
• It should be 3-4 double-spaced pages. Please use TNR 12 point font with 1” margins.
• You are required to use at least 3 legitimate sources and to cite them both in-text and in the bibliography (APA, Chicago, or any other commonly recognized format).
• Be sure to elaborate on your answers. Never assume that the reader knows what you are talking about. Be sure to define concepts and use examples to add substance to your points.

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