8 Eye Opening Studies That Quantify White Privilege Into Undeniable Stats

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In Queensland, Australia, a study was conducted that focused on whether race impacted how passengers on city buses were received when they did not have money to ride the bus. Based on data from more than 1,500 transactions, the study found “strong evidence of discrimination against Black-skinned individuals. In the baseline treatment, white testers are accepted at twice the rate compared to Black testers (72 percent versus 36 percent). Indian testers are discriminated against slightly less than Blacks by being accepted 51 percent of the time, while Asian testers are accepted at a similar rate to whites. Patriotic appearances are found to improve Black testers’ outcomes, with those wearing national army uniforms being accepted at a rate of 77 percent compared to 97 percent for whites. Perceived economic status also matters in that Black testers dressed in business attire are favored at a similar rate as casually dressed whites. When bus drivers are confronted with hypothetical baseline scenarios using photographs taken of the same testers, 86 percent respond that they would let on the Black individual, indicating dishonest self-reporting on this topic.”