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CoBRAS as a Predictor of Attitudes toward Redistributing Resources to Improve Predominantly Black Schools

Rick Sperling and Caroline Kuhn
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 85, No. 2, The 36th Annual Charles H. Thompson Lecture: Why Black Lives (and Minds) Matter: Race, Freedom Schools & the Quest for Educational Equity (Spring 2016), pp. 172-183
DOI: 10.7709/jnegroeducation.85.2.0172
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.85.2.0172
Page Count: 12
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CoBRAS as a Predictor of Attitudes toward Redistributing Resources to Improve Predominantly Black Schools
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Abstract

Research supports the use of the Color-Blind Racism Attitudes Scale (CoBRAS) as a measure of color-blindness, but relatively little is known about whether it is predictive of policy attitudes. This study adds to that literature by investigating the extent to which CoBRAS predicts attitudes toward resource redistribution as a method of addressing the Black–White achievement gap. Structural equation modeling performed on data from 215 participants revealed that CoBRAS is a useful tool in predicting attitudes toward redistributing resources to benefit predominantly Black schools, even after controlling for social dominance and attributions for “the gap.” Researchers are encouraged to continue exploring the properties of CoBRAS to achieve a thorough understanding of its empirical potential.

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