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Social Psychology Policy and Research

Racial Bias in Perceptions of Disease and Policy

Authors: Sophie Trawalter, Nana-Bilkisu Habib, James N. Druckman

Narratives about Africa as dark, depraved, and diseased justified the exploitation of African land and people. Today, these narratives may still have a hold on people’s fears about disease. This group of scholars conducts tests and studies that, when taken together, make clear that reactions to pandemics are biased, and in a way consistent with historical narratives about race and Africa.

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