Black Men Perceived as Bigger Than White Men, Study Shows

Black men are often perceived as being larger and more capable of causing harm than white men who are the same size, a new study found.


“Racial Bias in Judgments of Physical Size and Formidability: From Size to Threat,” a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, concluded that “people have a bias to perceive young Black men as bigger (taller, heavier, more muscular) and more physically threatening (stronger, more capable of harm) than young White men.”

The researchers conducted a total of seven different studies. Some studies only included non-Black participants. Participants of all races consistently perceived Black men as being larger, taller and more muscular.

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