White ancestry in perceptions of Black/White biracial individuals: Implications for affirmative-action contexts

Jessica J. Good, Diana T. Sanchez, George F. Chavez

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Abstract

The present studies examine how White ancestry influences perceivers' minority categorization of Black/White biracial individuals, as well as the implications of minority categorization for distribution of minority resources and stereotype use. Study 1 suggests that people are less likely to categorize those of Black/White biracial descent as minority and thus are less likely to view them as appropriate recipients of affirmative action than those of Black monoracial or Black/Native American descent. Study 2 tests a model in which Black/White biracial individuals with a greater amount of White ancestry are perceived as experiencing less discrimination and are less likely to be categorized as minority; therefore, they are judged as less appropriate for minority resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E276-E286
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume43
Issue numberSUPPL.2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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