PORTLAND, Oregon — Are drivers in Portland, Oregon, racist or have tendencies of racism when faced with a black pedestrian?
A new study out of Portland State University suggests they show racial bias toward pedestrians.
The study found that black pedestrians had to wait longer for drivers to stop for them at a crosswalk compared to white pedestrians.
Researchers used the crosswalk at Southwest Park and Clay Streets, a few blocks from the PSU campus. The study was small, but the results were clear.
PSU Assistant Professor of Social Psychology Dr. Kimberly Kahn, who led the study, said she and her team were surprised by what they found because the differences between the treatment of black and white pedestrians was so obvious.
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