Shifting Stereotypes of Welfare Recipients Can Reverse Racial Biases in Support for Wealth Redistribution

  title={Shifting Stereotypes of Welfare Recipients Can Reverse Racial Biases in Support for Wealth Redistribution},
  author={Erin Cooley and Jazmin L. Brown-Iannuzzi and Caroline Boudreau},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={1065 - 1074}
When people imagine welfare recipients, research indicates that they often imagine lazy, Black Americans who are perpetually dependent on government assistance. In the present work, we investigate the last assumption—perpetual dependence. We hypothesize that providing information about recipients’ ability to obtain financial independence may reduce racial biases in support for welfare policies. In Study 1, when given no information about recipients’ ability to obtain independence, White… 

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