Obama Stimulus Money for Video Games and Racial Studies

Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media, May 25, 2012

An important revelation from author Edward Klein is the name of the Obama ally who allegedly offered a $150,000 bribe to Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright to be quiet until after the 2008 election. Klein named him as Dr. Eric Whitaker, executive vice president and associate dean at the University of Chicago Medical Center. A close friend of Obama, and black himself, he leads the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) at the medical center.

Klein’s book, The Amateur, which has been ignored by the major media, will reportedly be number one on the forthcoming New York Times list of nonfiction bestsellers. One of his revelations is that Wright, in a tape-recorded conversation, admitted that he didn’t know if Obama, after 20 years at his church, had given up his devotion to Islam.

It was subsequently disclosed that Whitaker’s University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative received $5,862,027 in federal funds under Obamacare.

The rest of the story is that the medical center is part of the University of Chicago complex, which acknowledges receiving 217 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards (Obama stimulus money) totaling $105,856,751 from the Department of Education, Department of Energy, National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

One of the stimulus grants went to Joshua Correll, a University of Chicago professor who operates a “Stereotyping & Prejudice Research Laboratory“ that has been working since 2000 to develop and refine a first-person-shooter video game that was originally designed to ferret out allegedly racist cops in order to re-educate them.

However, Correll is white and his researchers include only one black person.

Correll specifically received $154,563 in stimulus grant money for what is called a collaborative project at the University of Chicago which “outlines a series of studies investigating the role of individual differences in executive functions (EFs) in expression of implicit racial bias.” This appears to be academic jargon for identifying and naming alleged racists.

Whether Correll’s stimulus money directly went for the further development of the video game or not, the game has been a major focus of his attention. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and now specializes in “Stereotypic associations between Black people and danger.”

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As with most things Obama-related, the $105 million received by the university has a racial component. It is supposed to address ”a variety of medical problems,” including “racial bias,” and “other important challenges of our time.”

It is apparently under this category of “racial bias” that Professor Correll got his grant.

The Obama website reports that the project is 50 percent complete. We are not told what that means, however.

Here’s how this website describes the project:

“This collaborative project outlines a series of studies investigating the role of individual differences in executive functions (EFs) in expression of implicit racial bias. Executive functions refer to higher-order control processes that regulate thought and action. Although an individual’s performance on laboratory-based implicit bias tasks is typically interpreted as a straightforward manifestation of his/her underlying automatic bias, recent preliminary evidence suggests that performance on all such tasks implicates executive control processes, such as the overriding of dominant or pre-potent responses. According to the team of researchers involved in this project, racial bias, as assessed by implicit bias tasks, is a complex construct jointly affected by automatic bias and individual differences in EF abilities.”

While this seems deliberately vague, additional research led to the “Stereotyping & Prejudice Research Laboratory” in the Psychology Department at the University of Chicago and the video game that has been under development since 2000.

We are told that the video game “presents a series of images of young men, some armed, some unarmed, set against realistic backgrounds like parks or city streets. The player’s goal is to shoot any and all armed targets, but not to shoot unarmed targets. Half of the targets are Black, and half are White. We have used this game to investigate whether decisions to ‘shoot’ a potentially hostile target can be influenced by that target’s race.”

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The problem is that Correll told NPR, which was recently doing a story about the shooting of the black youth Trayvon Martin, that his research at this point suggests even blacks have preconceived notions about other blacks being potentially dangerous.

NPR reported, “Correll says the participants are universally more likely to fire at black men—whether the shooter is young, old, male, female or even black.” Correll told NPR, “Everybody [on the video game] was faster to shoot a black target than a white target, and the magnitude of that bias was equivalent” regardless of race.

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  • JackKrak

    “Klein’s book, The Amateur, which has been ignored by the major media, will reportedly be number one on the forthcoming New York Times list of nonfiction bestsellers.”

    Meanwhile, somewhere in the back corners of the Texas State Archives, several reporters are still trying to piece together GWB’s National Guard pay stubs…..

  •  Video games.

    For crying out loud.

    Video games are fiction.  Real life is real life.

    I guess some people (ahem, ahem, cough, cough) can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality.  That’s what happens when you have a wee little undeveloped frontal lobe.

  • SarahConnor

    The rest of the story is that the medical center is part of the University of Chicago complex, which acknowledges receiving 217 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards (Obama stimulus money) totaling $105,856,751 from the Department of Education, Department of Energy, National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.
    Why can’t these people in Congress and government be sent to prison for robbing the U.S. taxpayer?

    Plus the rest of the nonsense our money was funding seems criminal as well!

    Doesn’t anyone ever look at any statistics when they are doing theses worthless studies?

    This just makes blood squirt out my eyes reading this!!!

    • The__Bobster

      I read a report last week that said that Obongo was niggardly with our tax money. Do the libtards really expect us to believe this crap?

      • SarahConnor

        I would truly delight in hearing the media use the term niggardly in describing Ohno!

    • Wait a minute. Didn’t Michelle Obama once work for the University of Chicago Medical Center? Wasn’t she also compensated close to $300,000 a year as a Director of something?

      I guess I should just move along as there’s nothing to see here. How dare I even question such things. I’m liable to get myself in trouble….

      • SarahConnor

        Good memory. Oh what a tangled web of legal fraud. It seems like government anymore is just about stealing our money to pad their and their friends wallets. Nothing about saving the country. Oh if Ron Paul was a few years younger. 

      • SarahConnor

        Plus I love how Mooschelle has to live in a White House. The only delight I obtain in having her have to be there.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Racism, the worst sin you can commit in this modern world. It’s not murder, it’s not rape or even terrorism, it’s racism!

    • Church_of_Jed

      “As bad as racism and lynching were, Diversity is worse.”

      -Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “Trying to survive the post White privilege dystopia,” 2011

  • In case you missed it, this and all the Federal grants to the U of C Hospital system are payback for their giving Michelle Obama a six figure do-nothing sinecure and for the U of C in general for giving Barack Obama a lecturer position in the law school.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Isn’t accusing someone of White privilege a targeted and dangerous hate crime of bias and bigotry that legitimized violence against a nationally declining and increasingly vulnerable minority?

    Aren’t we protected against anti White privilege under the Federal Code?

    18 USC § 241 – Conspiracy against rights

    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; orIf two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

    If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

    They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

  • Obamabucks for games?  BFD.
    He GOT AWAY WITH his Atty Gen patting BLACK PANTHERS on the back.

    WTF does he care about measly video games?

  • The__Bobster

    So a race that can’t swim enlisted in the Navy in large numbers?

    • Not to disparage the Navy, but lets face it, it’s safer to be on a boat then hopping out of helicopter in enemy territory. This is why you see overwhelmingly large numbers of non whites in the Navy now and none in SEAL units. It’s a safe place to collect your government paycheck.

  • The__Bobster

    Do they give you the option of flyering the neighborhood if an Afrovoodoo fambly moves in?

  • “that has been working since 2000 to develop and refine a first-person-shooter video game that was originally designed to ferret out allegedly racist cops in order to re-educate them.”
    The white baby has a gun but the black guys with “F%^K da POOLICE) shirts on are on their way to sunday school

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    YES!!! WE CAN!!!
     http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/29/11941529-my-hearts-broken-yale-grad-marina-keegan-mourned-after-car-crash

  • That’s because in everyone’s subconscious mind, even in the minds of blacks, black males are viewed as “dangerous” and with good reason, especially if they are in groups. Even Jesse Jackson feels relieved  when he hears foot steps behind him and looks around and sees a white person, he even said so.

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    white teens are “TRAYVONING”!!! and blacks are mad about it
     http://digitaljournal.com/article/325418

  • Johnny Reb

    I would definitely unload on a black man before he tries to eat my face.

  • Why develop a whole new game?

    Just have folks play Resident Evil 5, where they can blast black zombies!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_evil_5#Allegations_of_racism

  • If I played that game I would really give dear Professor Correll a reason to get his panties in a bunch!Have you noticed–of course you have–the large number of weird science projects revolving around peering inside the minds of white people,and especially enraging,,white babies!!!!,to investigate that oft-hated fellow named Ray Cizzum. Recently the NYT had a glowing portrait of some women doing this kind of science.Sick stuff. These quacks need to be kicked out of academia and INTO the nearest jail.

  • Hava nagila,hava nagila,hava nagile venismeha…

  • anonymous_amren

    I think half the commenters didn’t read or understand the article, they just looked at the headline.

    Joshua Correll is developing a test for police to see whether they will shoot unarmed people because of their race. It’s nothing to do with computer games. Obviously they can’t use actual guns and people, so they simulate it on a computer before the officers are put into the field. Which is a perfectly reasonable thing to test.

    The problem is, they are probably looking to minimise the number of shootings of innocent black people, rather than the number of shootings of innocent people overrall. And they will probably end up teaching the police to shoot more innocent white people.