Linked Fate and Outgroup Perceptions: Blacks, Latinos, and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

Jon Hurwitz, Mark Peffley, Jeffery Mondak

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Abstract

Studies focusing on black–Latino intergroup perceptions in zero-sum environments (e.g., jobs) have found little perceived outgroup discrimination or a tendency for each group to perceive the injustices faced by the other group. In contrast, we examine the non-zero-sum criminal justice domain. Although we find some asymmetry—that is, blacks are somewhat more likely to see discrimination toward Latinos than vice-versa, we mainly find both groups acknowledge the discrimination faced by the other disadvantaged group, especially those who feel closely linked to the fate of their own group. Under such circumstances, blacks and Latinos recognize a common sense of deprivation and discrimination and are likely to regard the other group as facing comparable victimization, potentially seeing the other group as a coalition partner for remediating mutual concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-520
Number of pages16
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 13 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Authors received funding from The Washington State Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission, The State of Washington Administrative Office of the Courts-Washington State Center for Court Research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, © 2015 University of Utah.

Keywords

  • U.S. politics
  • criminal justice
  • linked fate
  • public opinion
  • race and ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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