On October 2oth, the University of Kentucky Center for Equality and Social Justice (with support from Qualitative Initiative for Policy and Social Research and the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology) hosted a symposium on race and policing.
The symposium included a presentation by Keith Payne, a social psychologist of the University of North Carolina, who is an expert on implicit bias, racism and shooter bias. His presentation slides are available here (with permission). Download BlackAndBlueSymposium-RaceAndPolicing (.pdf file). Payne describes the difference between racism and implicit bias - and the results of his research on how this implicit bias in all of us can be shown scientifically to lead to race-based disproportionality. The findings are horrifyingly consistent, showing the insidious results of systemic racism.
Other presentations that day were from
- Justin Nix, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Louisville, who conducts research on police fairness and what shapes beliefs in police legitimacy;
- Anita Jones Thomas, a community/clinical psychologist at the University of Indianapolis, who researches African-American mothers’ discussions with their children following traumatic, public and racially motivated events;
- Mark Peffley, professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, and;
- Lawrence Weathers, a former assistant chief of the Lexington Police Department, who is currently the director of law enforcement for Fayette County Public Schools.
Any questions, contact Dr. Christia Spears Brown, Director for the Center for Equality and Social Justice, Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky.