Interracial dating polls
Rather, the existence of these biases is evidence of deeply ingrained societal attitudes about race in our culture — and there is a new and growing field of research on methods to reduce these biases.
In one part of the task, participants were told to use one button to categorize images of interracial couples and silhouettes of animals; they were told to push a different button to categorize images of same-race couples and silhouettes of humans.
We also found that disgust and acceptance were highly correlated; the less accepting people were of interracial relationships, the more disgusted they were by them.
The problem with asking people to report on their own attitudes about sensitive topics like race and gender, however, is that people are often either unaware of their own biases or unwilling to report them.
Through the early 20th century, many Americans reacted to the idea of interracial marriage with revulsion.
For example, Abigail Adams reportedly said that “disgust and horror” filled her mind when she saw dark-skinned Othello touch pale-skinned Desdemona in the theatrical production of Othello.