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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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Trusting Bodies, Racing Trust

Trusting Bodies, Racing Trust

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Trust in Black America

Shayla C. Nunnally

NYU Press

This chapter explores how blacks use race in their trust evaluations. When commonly used general trust measures control for the race of the actor in the question, it can be inferred that blacks distinguish trust on the basis of race. Blacks trust whites least, while Asian Americans and Latinos are at levels that approximate their trust in others who are black. The chapter demonstrates that fairness and appearance matter more for blacks than for whites; blacks and Latinos see fairness in similar ways, while whites view fairness as mattering less in their trust assessments. It is clear that all racial groups trust certain groups more than others; racialized trust, thus, is not a uniquely “black” phenomenon. Whether blacks are more or less distrusting in other racial groups depends on the group to which their attitudes are compared and the race of the trustee group.

Keywords:   race, trust assessments, racial groups, racialized trust, blacks, whites, Latinos, Asian Americans

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