It turns out that even New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof is a racist. In yesterday’s Sunday edition, he wrote about playing the the shooter bias video simulation developed by researchers at the University of Colorado.
“I shot armed blacks in an average of 0.679 seconds, while I waited slightly longer — .694 seconds — to shoot armed whites,” writes Kristof. “Conversely, I holstered my gun more quickly when encountering unarmed whites than unarmed blacks.”
Many of Westword’s readers have already taken the test themselves after reading our lengthy profile of the research – which focused on the Denver Police Department – in this week’s edition. Also, check out our slideshow of recent local police shootings where the decision to pull the trigger hasn’t been as clear as pushing a computer key. – Jared Jacang Maher