Monday, November 14, 2016

A litmus test for racism

Everyone has what is called Confirmation Bias, the tendency to interpret new information as confirmation of personal beliefs. Because we all have it, we have to be conscious of this blind spot and work against our impulses and seek the truth, especially when it comes to forming public policy and criminal law.
When our now president-elect Donald Trump retweeted this image in the midst of his Republican primary campaign, he did so for a reason. He did it to attract support. He did it to make a point, a day after a black activist was kicked and punched by supporters at one of his rallies in Alabama.

This statistic is wrong. Very wrong. But Trump thought it was right. It confirmed a bias.
What bias would Donald J. Trump have confirmed by sharing such an incorrect fact?

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