Discrimination divides across identity dimensions: Perceived racism reduces support for gay rights and increases anti-gay bias

Maureen A. Craig, Jennifer A. Richeson

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Abstract

Recent research has found that perceiving racial discrimination toward one's own group results in the expression of more positive attitudes toward members of other racial minority groups; however, perceiving sexism results in the expression of more negative attitudes toward other stigmatized groups, namely, racial minorities. One possibility for this seeming discrepancy is that perceived group disadvantage better enables identification with other disadvantaged groups within a dimension of identity (i.e., among racial minorities) than across dimensions of identity (i.e., between White women and racial minorities). The present research investigates this possibility or, rather, whether racial discrimination is such a potent experience for racial minorities that making it salient will increase identification with and, thus, facilitate more positive attitudes toward members of other stigmatized groups, even those that cross an identity dimension (e.g., sexual minorities). Analyses of two nationally representative datasets (Studies 1a & 1b) reveal that perceived racial discrimination against the ingroup is associated with more negative attitudes toward gay men and lesbians. Similarly, a laboratory experiment with Black and Latino participants (Study 2) reveals that making racial discrimination against the ingroup salient leads to more negative attitudes toward gay men and lesbians as well as less support for policies that would benefit sexual minorities. Overall, the present research suggests that although perceived discrimination may result in more positive attitudes within an identity dimension, it is associated with more negative intra-minority intergroup relations across dimensions of identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume55
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2014

Keywords

  • Intergroup relation
  • Minority group
  • Perceived discrimination
  • Prejudice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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