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Study Investigates Whether Blind People Characterize Others by Race

Most people who meet a new acquaintance, or merely pass someone on the street, need only a glance to categorize that person as a particular race. But, sociologist Asia Friedman wondered, what can we learn about that automatic visual processing from people who are unable to see?

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Lightness/Darkness of Skin Affects Male Immigrants’ Likelihood of Gaining Employment

Skin color is a significant factor in the probability of employment for male immigrants to the United States, according to a new study.

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Blacks Hit Hardest by Public-Sector Job Losses During Recession, Study Finds

A new University of Washington study found that public-sector job cuts during and after the Great Recession disproportionately impacted African-Americans, especially women, and have increased racial disparity in the public sector.

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Study Shows African Americans Discriminated Against in Access to US Local Public Services

Requests for information from local public services, like sheriffs’ offices, school districts and libraries, across the United States are less likely to receive a reply if signed by ‘black-sounding’ names, according to new research conducted by economists at IZA and the University of Southampton.

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Study Finds Racial Disparity Exists Between What Black and White Borrowers Pay for Home Mortgages

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Racial disparity in mortgage rates is widespread between black and white borrowers, according to a newly published study which found more financially vulnerable black women suffer the most.

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Woman’s Health, Education and Marital Status Pre-Pregnancy Affect Birth Weight of Her Daughters, Granddaughters

A woman’s weight at birth, education level and marital status pre-pregnancy can have repercussions for two generations, putting her children and grandchildren at higher risk of low birth weight, according to a new study by Jennifer B. Kane, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. The findings are the first to tie social and biological factors together using population data in determining causes for low birth weight.

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Racial Attitudes of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Resemble Those of Whites, Study Finds

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Troubling questions about multiracial congregations’ potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study done by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago.

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Community Outreach and Education Program Aims to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) researchers, together with input from African-American community leaders in Buffalo, have created an outreach effort that provides racial/ethnic minority and medically underserved communities with educational programs regarding the public’s participation in biomedical research. The program is the basis of a recent study published by a team of local collaborators.