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.
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“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