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Representative Heuristic in race

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya

Kenyan Diasporan blogger, Curious, discusses “the representative heuristic”. For example, the representative heuristic (Wikipedia) would be like this: “after a report in the media that, for example, black people are x times more likely to commit gun crime (hypothetically), or that muslims are x times more likely to suicide bomb (hypothetically), the representative heuristic will have people generally expecting a random black person to shoot them (irrespective of the black person's context) or expect any random muslim to blow them up.” [1]