8.08.2008

Some of My Best Friends are Holding a Gun

Breaking news! I am totally not racist totally hate white people!

This is according to an online psychological test out of the University of Chicago, where you view 100 scenes, each containing a black or white man, each holding either a gun or something inoffensive like a cell phone or wallet. You hit [/] to shoot and [Z] to holster, and the computer measures your response times.

Nick Kristof at the New York Times is a mega-racist. Or, okay, maybe not a mega racist, but, as he says:

I shot armed blacks in an average of 0.679 seconds, while I waited slightly longer — .694 seconds — to shoot armed whites. Conversely, I holstered my gun more quickly when encountering unarmed whites than unarmed blacks.
In comparison, my hot enlightened unracist self had a completely inverted setup: I shot the gun-totin' black guys after a delay of .641 seconds, whereas I waited only a scant .600 to blow away the white dudes. And on the flipside, I only needed .641 to ID that a man of color was not holding a gun, whereas I needed .646 to ascertain that of a white guy.

You can take the test here. You can feel smug or guilty about your results, meanwhile, wherever you darn well please.

3 comments:

Cunning_Linguist said...

what does it mean you just shoot everybody with no reaction time? lol

Congrats on being unarmed black friendly!

xopjesse said...

Your results don't indicate that you're not racist.they just show that you appear to be biased against whites, far moreso than the Times author is against blacks. Sayin.

helen said...

good point, xop! amended to reflect my bias.