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Trust in Black AmericaRace, Discrimination, and Politics$
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Shayla C. Nunnally

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758656

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758656.001.0001

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Explaining Blacks’ (Dis)trust

Explaining Blacks’ (Dis)trust

A Theory of Discriminative Racial-Psychological Processing

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Trust in Black America

Shayla C. Nunnally

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the theory of discriminative racial-psychological processing by examining black Americans' socialization experiences among younger generations of black Americans. It explores to what extent these experiences influence how blacks internalize race and externalize it in their trust. Blacks internalize race through the development of their racial predispositions: racial socialization, racial homogenization, racial uncertainty, racial discrimination, and racialized trust. Whereas they externalize race through their attitudes toward racial groups in different contexts: racial contextual perception. As the theory suggests, differences in trust will depend on blacks' internalized racial knowledge and racial attitudes and the externalization of these cognitive and affective components in certain contexts. Race, therefore, affects how blacks interpret their risks, safety, and livelihood.

Keywords:   discriminative racial-psychological processing, racial socialization, racial homogenization, racial uncertainty, racial discrimination, racialized trust, racial contextual perception

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