Stanford professor wins MacArthur 'genius grant' for racial awareness studies - San Jose Mercury News: America is pushing forward in a post-racial society, blind to skin color. That's the conventional wisdom.
But the research of Jennifer Eberhardt, the Bay Area's newest and only recipient of the famed MacArthur fellowship, the "genius grants," has proved otherwise.
She has found that skin color prejudices the perceptions of jurors, police officers and even the ordinary student who volunteers in research at Stanford University.
Black people, especially those with very dark skin and kinky hair, are more likely to be linked to crime, handed stiffer punishments or even sentenced to death than lighter-appearing individuals, according to her research.