“The way we have been interpreting that is that people are experiencing a heightened level of disgust when they are socially evaluating or viewing interracial couples relative to same-race couples.” Researchers said there is a link between disgust and dehumanization, and therefore they sought in the third experiment to determine whether disgust “leads to dehumanization of interracial couples.” They studied 226 students, some of whom were shown 10 disgusting images, such as a dirty toilet or people vomiting.A control group viewed images of landscapes of nature and cities.Read More: Thurgood Marshall’s interracial love: ‘I don’t care what people think.
In a survey of attitudes about relationships, the students reported little disapproval of interracial couples.
But photos of interracial couples triggered activity in a part of the brain that registers disgust.
In the second study, 19 participants had their brain activity monitored by electroencephalogram (EEG).
They were shown 200 real engagement and wedding photos: 50 black men with white women, 50 white men with black women and 50 each of same-race black and white couples.
While sitting in front of a computer, the photos of mixed-race and same-race couples were randomly shown to participants.
They were told that they had to quickly respond to whether the couple should be “included” or “excluded” from a future study on relationships by pressing a button that corresponded to each answer.
Viewers were then shown images of same-race couples, mixed couples and silhouettes of animals and humans and asked to press a button as quickly as possible to indicate which images showed animals or humans.
The study participants were faster to identify same-race couples as humans.
But one of the bigger take-aways of that experiment was that when people were already made to feel disgusted by the gross images, they were more likely to elicit a strong reaction against interracial couples.
It’s a warning, Skinner said, that this country has not gotten rid of its bias against interracial romance.
A Shared History Of Activism Leroy, who had grown up in California, took a bus to Alabama in 1965 and marched with Martin Luther King Jr. The experience shaped him so much, that he applied to be the pastor of a black Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. Around the time she and Leroy met, she lost her job trying to unionize the nurses at the hospital where she worked.