Black Male in America: No Help Here
Want to know what it’s like being a black male in America who needs help? Ask Uri Gneezy, John List, and Michael K. Price.
These researchers completed work for the National Bureau of Economic Research published as Paper #17855 in an ongoing series. Titled “Toward an Understanding of Why People Discriminate: Evidence from a Series of Natural Field Experiments,” their work describes an experiment in which young white males, young white females, young black males, and young black females were put in the same locations, given the same quality of clothes, and engaged in the same behaviors:
- They dropped a pen.
- They dropped car keys.
- They asked for directions.
The outcome measured by Gneezy, List and Price was simple: what percentage of these “testers” of different combinations of race and gender got help from passers-by on the street? The results:
Acting the same way, dressed the same way, in the same place as other gender-race combinations, black men get less help in America. This is what racial discrimination looks like.