Pamela Turbeville Speaker Series – 'A Preliminary Report on a New Measure: Support for Black Lives Matter and Its Psychological Correlates Among Racially Diverse College Students'
Brandon Yoo, associate professor of Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation and the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University will present a talk as part of the UA Frances McClelland Institute's Pamela Turbeville Speaker Series.
This talk describes a new measure of an individual's attitude of support and participation in the Black Lives Matter movement across a racially diverse sample of college students focused on the movement's inter-related principles of African American liberation, intersectionality and alliance building. Across three studies, evidence of validity and reliability are supported for the 12-item Support for Black Lives Matter Measure, with two subscales. Structural awareness represents individuals who support Black Lives Matter because of awareness in structural inequality and racism experienced and challenged by African American individuals. Egalitarian values represents individuals who support Black Lives Matter because of belief that all humans have equal value and deserve equal treatment and opportunities. The two-subscale structure is supported by a combination of exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. Evidence of criterion-related validity is demonstrated with racial group differences in support of Black Lives Matter factors. Evidence of convergent validity is supported by significant negative correlations between support for Black Lives Matter factors and racial colorblindness, including denial of blatant racial issues, institutional discrimination, racial privilege and subtle racist attitudes toward African-Americans. Results also suggest the two-subscale structure is measurement invariant between caucasians and students of color. Implications and suggestions for use of the new measure in research are discussed.