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Psychologists studying race prejudice have many times made an interesting experiment. They seat a few people in a row, show a picture to the first in line, and ask him to whisper a description of it in a few words to the next person who will whisper the information to the third and so on. The picture is of a policeman and a badly dressed, uncouth Negro. The policeman is holding a knife in his hand; the Negro is unarmed. Almost never is the correct description transmitted to more than two or three individuals in succession. The information transmitted describes that the knife is being held in a threatening manner by the Negro. In other words, the picture is transformed until it fits the pre-existing concept in the mind, which is that an open knife is far more likely to beheld by a Negro than by a policeman.
CDS RC: Passage-27
Psychologists are experimenting with policemen and criminals
Policemen are holding knives against the Negroes
People go on whispering about what they have seen
We alter all new information to suit our preconceived ideas
is trying to stab a badly dressed Negro
is Sitting in front of a row of people and showing a picture
suffers from racial prejudice
has an open knife
like to spread rumours
like to be shown pictures
jump to their conclusions whatever the facts may be
follow the peer group
Hatred for an uncouth Negro
Fear of policeman with an open knife
Object of study by psychologists
Whispering campaign against people