Are Non-U.S. Citizens Color-Blind? The Racialization of Violent Crimes

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The present study aims to investigate whether U.S. citizenship status influences the racialization of offenders engaged in homicide, sexual violence, and terrorism. The role of social media exposure and interracial contact are explored as additional proximal factors that may explain racialization across citizenship status. The cross-sectional online survey consisted of 729 participants enrolled at a culturally diverse northeastern university. Results suggest that non-U.S. citizens have a more color-blind perspective and are less likely to racialize crime when associating a particular race/ethnicity with violent crimes. Surprisingly, social media exposure and interracial contact were not significant contributors to racialization. Suggestions for future research and policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalRace and Justice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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