As a video goes viral showing that a female student can be thrown to the ground in her classroom for ‘acting out’ by a grown man with a badge, we also learn that according to a new study, “Walking While Black” can be hazardous to African-Americans’ lives. This new study finds that drivers are less likely to stop for a black person at a crosswalk. Researchers at the University of Arizona and Portland State University found that a black pedestrian waits about 32-percent longer than a white person to cross a busy street. The study suggests that biases just outside people’s consciousness can make them less inclined to stop for minorities.
So now one has to worry at the corner, whether a motorist has assigned value to your life based on your skin color. Great. It’s time for you to sound off? Have you ever had a #WalkingWhileBlack experience here in Indy or elsewhere? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter.
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