A study on associations of violence and young black males

A new study finds that young black males are associated with stereotypes of violence at as early as five-years-old. Researchers conducted a series of implicit-bias tests in order to reach their results. (Atlantic, 2/8)

The four experiments provided converging evidence that brief presentations of Black male faces—whether of adults or children—primed the detection of threatening objects (i.e., guns) and increased accessibility of threat-related words. Furthermore, these racial biases were driven entirely by differences in automatic processing; indeed, we found no differences in estimates of controlled processing. The collective findings, therefore, support the hypothesis that youth sustains, rather than attenuates, race-based threat associations.

Opinion: The 1980s crack epidemic that had a stronghold on the nation’s perception of drug users is often discussed in the media and handled by law enforcement in a different way than the heroin epidemic currently spreading across the country. One writer explores how racial differences have played into the media hysteria and public perception around the “faces” of certain drug addictions. (NYT, 2/9)

There’s been a big decline in the black incarceration rate, and almost nobody’s paying attention (WaPo, 2/10)

HOUSING | For many, housing in the region has become so expensive that a growing number of people are considering a move to the Baltimore area, despite long commuting times into the D.C. for work. (WAMU, 2/9) Audio

ARTS | Now you can get a sneak peek inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

EDUCATION | D.C. Public Schools to overhaul teacher training and evaluation (WaPo, 2/10)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: It’s Not Foundation Money, But Culture and Talent That Can Change The World (Chronicle, 2/10)

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