Letters from the Black community to the president of the United States have gone viral, but researchers say they are also indicative of a white bias that’s been there for decades.
The results of a study on handwriting in US black communities are published in the journal Black Studies.
Black people write letters with white pens, while white people use black pens and black ink.
The research team analysed letters written by black residents of California from January 2006 to January 2011.
It found that in the first half of the year, there were 5,566 white letters with black ink on white writing desks.
The team then analysed those same letters in white writing desk and black writing desk-based communities, using a database of nearly 3.3 million letters.
The researchers found that there was no significant difference in the amount of black writing on white desks compared to black writing in white communities.
This, the authors say, suggests that white people are still unconsciously biased towards black people, even in the face of a growing awareness that black communities face prejudice and discrimination in their daily lives.
The study, titled “White supremacy and the writing of black people”, is part of the ongoing work of the US National Academy of Sciences’ African American Studies Program, led by Professor Michael Feser of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“The work is just one component of a larger research effort into white supremacy and its implications for Black communities,” Fesar said.
The research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. “
We think this work is important because we know that white supremacy is still present in many ways, and we also know that the effects of white supremacy are being felt in everyday life.”
The research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The full report is available at www.nasa.gov/blackstudies.
The American Association of University Professors’ Black Faculty Association said the study’s findings are a “major step forward” in showing the extent to which the writing and writing practices of African Americans in the United Stations have been impacted by racial oppression.
“For African Americans, this is a major step forward in showing how the writing practices that they have adopted over the past two decades are rooted in racial oppression,” the group said in a statement.
“However, as with other issues, the results of this study cannot be generalized to other groups, nor can they tell us how white supremacy may impact other communities.
While we commend the researchers for their efforts to bring this issue to the attention of policy makers and educators, we will continue to monitor and address these systemic issues of white privilege in our academic community.”