A Social Reflex : Police And Blacks, Seeing Threat, Close Ranks

813 Words Sep 15th, 2016 4 Pages
In the New York Times article “A Social Reflex: Police and Blacks, Seeing Threat, Close Ranks” Amanda Taub discusses the “intergroup threat theory” as well as how conflicts effects group dynamics such as group cohesion and what she describes as “out-group hate” (Taub, Amanda.) Going in sync with the article, Taub talks about how threats, whether its focused on single members or the entire group as a whole, changes the behaviors of the people who identify with said group. These conflicts can range from actual violence directed towards the group to just changes to the infrastructure on the group. These threats however, can also rise “out group hate” or a prejudice towards other groups. In the article Taub uses the example of police shootings giving rise to the Black Lives Matter group, the famous cases of police brutality had people come together to form Black Lives Matter. While people have come together in their time of tragedy, this also allowed prejudices and negative feelings towards other, maybe rival, groups. Taub attributes these hostilities between groups to two cognitive errors: “ultimate attribution error” as well as “infrahumanization” (Taub Amanda.) Ultimate attribution error, as described by Taub, is the cognitive error of assuming every kind and good thing is only done by random chance or circumstance while every misdeed is due to their groups own nature and infrahumanization is the error of thinking that other members are less human than your group. Taub…

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