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The effect of an in-group voice accompanying a racially ambiguous facial photograph on Black and White subjects’ facial recognition Your Name Date Institution Introduction With the recent increase in the multicultural population of the United States (Pauker, Weisbuch, Ambady, Sommers, Adams, & Ivcevic, 2009), and a forecasted 21% of the population being multicultural by 2050 (Smith & Edmonston, 1997), an understanding of how human social categorization relates to facial memory could help explain the way generations of people will view their peers.
In this time, black slaves were considered so different and removed from the aristocratic, land owning class of their owners that their enslavement and torture for centuries was written off as being part of the system. Furthermore, during the Jim Crow era and throughout the passing of the separate but equal legislation, African-Americans in this country were viewed as a concrete, separate racial category not only by many whites, but also by the law itself. In many ways, the separate but equal Brown v. Board of Education hearing reflects the rigid, concrete, categorical race structures that were prevalent in this country during that time. Legal terms like separate but equal give an indication of the way people viewed each other at this time. Obviously, strong categorical race structures dominated the way peers viewed peers. Race would have been at the forefront of the way most people viewed each other initially. Before peers could say hello, there would have been a quick, unconscious categorization of the person they were approaching based on their race and the race of the peer. ...
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