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Looking at Implicit Racism in Judging Quality

Posted by - 07:17 AM on 04/23/14
A new study has found that when reviewers were told the author of a legal brief was black they consistently rated the piece lower in quality and identified more errors than its identical counterpart. Evan Soltas, writing for Vox, has more:
Arin N. Revees, the president of Nextions and the author of the study, argues that the implicit racism happened because reviewers take the racial information she provided as a cue for how they should judge the work. When the author is supposed to be white, reviewers excused errors as out of haste or inexperience. They commented that the author "has potential" and was "generally a good writer but needs to work on" some skills. When the author is supposed to be black, those same errors became evidence of incompetence. A reviewer said he "can't believe he [the author] went to NYU," and others said he "needs lots of work" and was "average at best.
 
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07:56 AM on 04/23/14
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As someone who is in Law School right now this comes as no surprise. There's an insane amount of racial and gender bias within the legal field, whether it's purposeful or not. This clearly seems purposeful though, which is a shame.
08:31 AM on 04/23/14
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This might be the most random news post ever posted on this site.
08:33 AM on 04/23/14
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This might be the most random news post ever posted on this site.
I literally posted about burritos last week. Haha.

http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3697483
08:55 AM on 04/23/14
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Pretty shitty but not surprising. I wonder what the results would be for other races. I feel like a lot of racial studies only include black and white people as if they're the only two races.

Also, lovin' the Obama pic
09:34 AM on 04/23/14
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Stuff like this is why I wish people would take microaggressions more seriously
09:42 AM on 04/23/14
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This might be the most random news post ever posted on this site.

and now you know something you wouldn't have known otherwise. you are truly blessed.
10:42 AM on 04/23/14
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Goddammit.
10:58 AM on 04/23/14
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And that was an incredible newspost
11:32 AM on 04/23/14
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Quality

and now you know something you wouldn't have known otherwise. you are truly blessed.

I just did the jerk-off hand motion so hard I think I injured myself.
01:12 PM on 04/23/14
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Ugh. Not surprising, but, still... ugh.
01:15 PM on 04/23/14
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01:28 PM on 04/23/14
Who Is Ryan?
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WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? RACISM IS OVER! WE ELECTED OBAMA

01:32 PM on 04/23/14
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I just did the jerk-off hand motion so hard I think I injured myself.

sounds like I just ruined date night for you.
01:46 PM on 04/23/14
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Why was this posted as news instead of being put in the politics or racism thread?

Just curious. Did you find it really important or just did it for the sake of posting it?

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