Portland Drivers ‘Clearly’ Show Racial Bias at Crosswalks, PSU Study Says

Joseph Rose, Oregon Live, May 21, 2014


Conducted in downtown Portland, the joint Portland State University and University of Arizona study found that twice as many drivers failed to yield for black pedestrians than those who were white. Meanwhile, black pedestrians typically had to wait a third longer for cars to stop for them when they had the legal right of way.

With fewer motorists yielding for them, minorities are more likely to take greater risks to cross the street, which might factor into why they’re disproportionately represented in U.S. pedestrian fatalities, the study concluded.


Between 2003 and 2012, 47,025 pedestrians died along American roads–16 times the number killed in earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, the report showed. Another 676,000 pedestrians were injured.

Nationally, African-Americans have a 60 percent higher rate of pedestrian deaths than whites, the Smart Growth America study shows. Meanwhile, it’s 43 percent higher for Hispanics.

For their study on racial bias at crosswalks, PSU researchers Kimberly Barsamian Kahn and Tara Goddard, and Arlie Adkins, of the University of Arizona, chose an unsignalized but clearly marked crosswalk near Southwest Park Avenue and Clay Street.


Kahn, Goddard and Adkins dressed the six test subjects–three white men, three black men, all in their 20s with the same height and build–in the same clothing and had them approach the crosswalk in the same manner. “Each pedestrian did 15 crossing trials,” the study said.”These trials resulted in 168 driver subjects.”

The research team stood out of sight and recorded whether the first car to approach yielded, how many cars passed before someone yielded and the number of seconds that elapsed before the pedestrian was able to cross.

The black pedestrians got passed by twice as many cars and waited 32 percent longer than white pedestrians, the researchers said.


At the same time, Goddard said it would be wrong to say many Portland drivers are racist just because they didn’t yield for a black man waiting at a crosswalk.

Rather, driving is a fast-moving activity “with tons of stimuli” that relies heavily on reflexes and motorists are are likely acting on subconscious impulses, she said.

The researchers said they understand the small study’s limitations.

Goddard said she and her fellow researchers hope to acquire a grant to collect more data on driver demographics, which were only collected for the driver who yielded during the pilot study. They also want to test different types of crosswalks and the inclusion of gender as a possible influencing factor.


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  • MekongDelta69

    “We have absolutely NOTHING to do in college, so we’re gonna find ‘racismsomewhere, no matter how ridiculous and made up it is.”

    • DaveMed

      A college degree used to mean something.

      I know, it’s hard for me to believe as well.

    • APaige

      Based on Black crime, why stop? It is much safer for the driver to keep on going.

      • DonReynolds

        I have read that the carjackings are so bad in Detroit, that is exactly what drivers do. If they stop, even to buy gasoline, they risk being carjacked…..so they run stop signs and red lights as a safety precaution even during daylight hours!

    • Erasmus

      Who the f*** cares? Trying to take care of the Homo Erectus in this country and around the world has cost humanity too much already. If they’re not smart enough to cross a street safely, best for their genes to be culled from the gene pool before they can reproduce further.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Well, good for democrat Oregon! I wonder if they took note of the drivers’ races? Do black drivers ignore black pedestrians?

    • r j p

      In Chicago blacks use their vehicles to move pedestrians out of the way.
      One very determined driver got a lesson one day from me, a mouthful of Cope spit through the open passenger window.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      I’m getting a desire to watch Death Race 2000 again over at Netflix. The old one.

      “Minority Privilege”

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Yeah, think it’s time for some Carradine, the Autoeroticly Asfixiated. To hell with spelling.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Grasshopper did himself in didn’t he? Maybe he learned it in his dojo.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            It was a hilarious way to go out…

            I guess he got pretty jaded in the 70’s.

          • It was a really strange way to go out. I’d never heard of someone taking a sex trip to Thailand and then doing the “solo” thing before.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            Defeats the purpose of flying to Thailand, no? He could’ve done that at home for free.

          • Hallie Eva

            He was acting in a film being shot there when it happened. Some think a hooker was involved, although the door was locked from the inside.
            Auto erotic asphyxiation is more popular among men than one might think.

          • ElComadreja

            I never understood what would make anyone do that to themselves.

          • Hallie Eva

            I know, Elcomadreja, but there is no explaining people’s fetishistic behaviors.
            We were treating a male patient in Trauma who was wearing women’s fancy underwear under his street clothes. Obviously, he was not expecting to be in need of Trauma Care, and was humiliated about it.
            We were always matter of fact about such foibles and follies of the human condition.

          • My sister once had a guy in her emergency room who was wearing a trenchcoat, a paper bag with eye holes cut in it and the poodle he had been screwing. Apparently a female dog locks down on a male dog while they are mating to help keep him in place. The poor weirdo couldn’t pull back out. The hospital had to call and wake up a vet in order to get him to administer the proper dose of the correct muscle relaxant for the poor dog.

            When we were little, I used to tell disgusting stories to my sister. She now tells me emergency room stuff: “People are actually a lot like spiders. The arms and legs come off pretty easily.” I don’t tell her war stories, because at least hers are about wanting to help her patients recover.

          • Hallie Eva

            This story sounds apocryphal, MCS, as one of those stories ER staff conjure in their imaginations.
            Farm girl here. We bred and sold quality working dogs, so as a growing girl I observed many a mating pair.
            It is not the female who “locks down” creating what is called a “tie.” A tie occurs because the bulbus glandis of the male’s penis swells inside the female’s vagina. The sperm is released at the beginning of the 15-20 minute tie, during which, he releases prostatic fluid, ensuring successful mating.
            Though human males have been known to rape dogs, a human male would not have such an occurrence.

          • MrMagog

            I doubt it was really solo.

          • MrMagog

            How ironic, he thought he didn’t have any hang ups

          • MrMagog

            He was a cheap guy

          • Sloppo

            I have wondered if it is possible that someone else was involved AND if it might have been not so accidental. In that scenario, he could have been killed and his reputation destroyed at the same time. I understand there was more than a few people who did not care much for him, but I don’t know if anyone intensely hated him.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Nah, he impressed me as a pretty jaded 70’s survivor. I think he choked himself while choking…himself.
            But who knows?

          • Sloppo

            You’re probably right, but I still wonder a little bit.

          • Why do that to David Carridine?

          • Sloppo

            I’ve read about people who disliked him for his attitude, but it didn’t seem like enough reason for anyone to actually want him dead.

          • MrMagog

            I heard he never left tips, perhaps there was a hooker involved

          • MrMagog

            what a pathetic way to go. Bill killed bill trying to thrill bill

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        Or play a few rounds of Carmageddon.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          I like the part of the movie where the nursing home runs all the old folks out for him to mow down for big points but he chooses to swerve down the side lane and mow down all the doctors and nurses instead for less points.

          Not that I have a problem with medical professionals, just thought that especially humorous.

          • The movie was “Deathrace 2000”. The video games were “Carmageddon” and “Carpocalyse Now”.

  • r j p

    Stop for a black, might get whacked. Step on that pedal, let ’em eat metal.
    I am actually surprised more drivers didn’t stop for black out of sheer amazement that the black didn’t walk out right out into the street without even looking.

    • tlk244182

      This is a subject I consider myself an “expert” in, as a tractor-trailer driver in the NY/NJ metro areas for 15 years. And you’re absolutely right. An astonishingly high percentage of Negroes (women are the worst) dont look when they cross, much less “wait” at a cross-walk. To be fair, Whites do this too, again women are worse, but not at the rate that Blacks do. Actually, now that I think about it, there are fewer White pedestrians than Blacks, so perhaps my study is biased. Whites are a minority now in the Big Apple, IIRC. For what it’s worth, I think Mestizos, but not Puerto Ricans, are much more “respectful” of oncoming traffic than Negroes (or Whites!), and seem to be better drivers as well.

  • Alexandra1973

    Since when are blacks in the habit of actually waiting for traffic instead of just walking out into the street without even looking?

  • JohnEngelman

    The drivers may be afraid that if they stop for a black man he will try to rob them.

  • Might this have something to do with the fact that carjackings by whites are extremely rare?

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Perhaps the blacks were crossing the street at night.

    • benvad

      So why did the black cross the road? To get a settlement, of course.

  • JackKrak

    Probably because those drivers in Portland were on their way to an LGBT rally for peace in Tibet or a sit-in at a local university to protest white privilege – can’t let De’Vontrae slow you down!

  • borogirl54

    This is nothing new. Taxis as well as food delivery services do not go to certain neighborhoods for fear of crime.

  • NotTooSwift

    That did it! I am now pro-reparations and pro-knockout game.

  • MrMagog

    Yes… because we ENJOY watching young attractive whites crossing the street. That is a show that we will stop for!

  • MrMagog

    ohhhhhhhh, this one is an oldie but a goodie!

  • MrMagog

    That is such a SATISFYING sound at 0:18!

  • That was actually worth waiting to see! Thanks and please feel free to post more videos of those higher IQ ‘diversity’ darlings.

  • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

    Nationally, African-Americans have a 60 percent higher rate of pedestrian deaths than whites, the Smart Growth America study shows
    Probably most are getting flattened by other black drivers in urban areas

    • ElComadreja

      The way some of them arrogantly cross the street as slowly as possible I’m surprised more of them don’t get mowed down.

  • Deiter Botha

    The tip off was the ” Hope ” to acquire a grant for further study. No racism, no grant, so obviously these researchers know how the game is played. I live in the area and Portland blacks will purposefully slow play you as they gangsta limp and stink eye the fool who stops and waits for them to make it across.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      God forbid a white honk their horn at the slow moving black man! Then they stop right in the middle of the road and start squawking about racism. Happened to me quite a bit in California.


    Shocking study concludes that whites more likely to identify with whites!

  • TruthBeTold

    Portland, Oregon. Isn’t that a bastion of ‘progressive’ liberals?

  • Ike Eichenberg

    I wonder if lower IQ and higher density of darks in urban areas would be a more plausible explanation as to why they get killed more than whites.

    • How about the fact that they are likely to be completely wasted on recreational narcotics, and out on the streets, rather than at home, when they are thus “impaired”?

      I don’t use drugs, and the last several times I went anywhere outside my home for drinks, it was at my neighbor’s townhouse, two doors down. It’s a bit hard to get run over when I’m walking down the sidewalk in the middle of a lawn between two buildings.

      • Ike Eichenberg

        Certainly a plausible factor to consider, but I think it is solely because they don’t have the white privilege, we’re just easier to see with our high contrast skin tones.

        • bilderbuster

          At night only eyeballs and teeth are visible.

  • MrMagog

    “At the same time, Goddard said it would be wrong to say many Portland drivers are racist just because they didn’t yield for a black man waiting at a crosswalk.

    Rather, driving is a fast-moving activity “with tons of stimuli” that relies heavily on reflexes and motorists are are likely acting on subconscious impulses, she said.

    Look how they tie themselves in a pretzel trying to escape the obvious conclusion that they are INDEED racists, and not only that, unlike US… they are also HYPOCRITES!!!!

    • DonReynolds

      good point.
      Perhaps the drivers were following the rules in the drivers manual for the state of Oregon. Green means go. Red means stop, and let the pedestrians cross the street.

  • benvad

    Was he looking for a payout?

    • MrMagog

      From the tasty-freeze? Not going to get much. Even so. IF I were the truck driver, I would have put him on ice.

      • benvad

        You gotta do what you gotta do.

  • The Final Solution

    “With fewer motorists yielding for them, minorities are more likely to take greater risks to cross the street, which might factor into why they’re disproportionately represented in U.S. pedestrian fatalities, the study concluded.”
    Totally unscientific leap in logic. BLAM WHITEY BLAME WHITEY BLAME WHITEY. Because blacks never jaywalk or anything.

    • MrMagog

      I think we all know what goes on, remember Steven Utash?

      • Pro_Whitey

        Amen, remember Steve Utash! Don’t stop!

    • Young blacks not only jaywalk all the time, but they take tiny little “baby steps” while doing so. In fact, the only black pedestrians I ever see actually waiting for the light to change before crossing are the elderly ones, especially old women carrying grocery bags.

      I am damned careful as either a pedestrian or on a bicycle, because someone talking on a mobile phone may be distracted enough that they don’t see me, even when I have the right of way. I’m also trying to teach my daughter good habits in this respect.

      • Alexandra1973

        I honk at them. What’re they going to do, run after my van?

  • humura

    Are there car-jackings there? Who does it? Other hostile acts toward drivers by pedestrians? Who does it? Did the leftwing study bother to look at why white drivers are less likely to stop, or just rush to condemn the “racists.”

  • Simonetta

    Nowhere is it mentioned that in downtown Portland all the blocks are about 50 feet square in size, and each one has got a long traffic light, and each one has a dozen nitwit bicycles and retarded pedestrians stepping out in front of your car and just knowing without looking that you are going to stop because they are pedestrians regardless of whatever stupid thing that they do, and so on.

    Constantly slow movement of your car and stretching things like yellow lights and a little nudge now and then of Darwinian pedestrians (like the ones who are really cool and wear all black at night in a place where the sodium vapor streetlight is absorbed by the constant rain in a manner that makes them completely invisible to drivers) is the only way to get the square mile of downtown in less than an hour.

  • dd121

    More evidence that liberals blame EVERYTHING on whites.

  • dd121

    No problem the knee grow wasn’t even in a cross walk.

    • I’ve seen this one before, with a music track no less, and still love it. I just can’t imagine how someone could be so dumb as to pick a busy street, instead of, say a nearly empty parking lot with a busy street in the background.

      • dd121

        I don’t know either, but I’m pretty sure they don’t have the same thought processes as us.

  • DonReynolds

    The black population in Oregon is 2.01%.
    It was probably difficult to find black subjects for this “research”.
    My guess is…..in Oregon, if they encounter a black person it is a safe assumption that the black person is a tourist.
    Nobody likes tourists.

  • DonReynolds

    I had some friends from Portland (Beaverton, specifically Kemmer Hill) who tell me that there are very few blacks in the area, but the few they have tend to be assertive and militant. They complained about being shoved out of the way on the sidewalk…..which could help explain why the whites might be less than helpful when the offenders are standing on street corners.

  • MBlanc46

    “African-Americans have a 60 percent higher rate of pedestrian deaths than whites”.

    They just saunter out into the traffic on a busy street and almost dare people to hit them.

    • Alexandra1973

      The other night–it was getting dark out–I was coming home and there was this black guy riding a bike out in the middle of the road and talking on a cellphone. Go figure.

  • none of your business

    “Goddard said she and her fellow researchers hope to acquire a grant ” Graduation looms, no jobs even for STEM grads so she does what all liberals do, find a cause, spend a couple hundred bucks to incorporate a non profit find a commission grant writer and from unemployed to a $75,000 a year job as executive director of yet another non profit.

  • “Nationally, African-Americans have a 60 percent higher rate of pedestrian deaths than whites, the Smart Growth America study shows. Meanwhile, it’s 43 percent higher for Hispanics.”

    Am I wrong for thinking that’s a hilarious statistic?

    In all honesty, I wonder if (a small) part of the problem is the fact that they are black. When I lived in Clayton County (which is very black), I almost hit several blacks at night because they were lazily crossing the street while wearing dark clothes. I couldn’t see them until I was almost on top of them.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      And how many times have you seen a black at night, even when driving, wearing sun glasses?

  • Adolf Verloc

    It’s a shame how having a few quarts of Schlitz Malt Liquor on board play hell with your reflexes.

  • Karl Hungus

    Nobody takes longer in a crosswalk than a black person if they’re even in the crosswalk to begin with.

  • SiniticMan

    I’ve had the most horrible and frightening experiences with Black pedestrians and drivers. I had one large 5’11 260lbs Black bantoid male scream at me after backing up from a driveway in the city. It was such a loud and horrible scream. “EY, SLOW IT DOWN”. I saw that he was motionless on the sidewalk so that was why I proceeded but I got that extremely hideous and unpleasant reaction from him instead. With a mouth like his, he could have easily cannibalized me if I were to lose in hand to hand combat with him. When Blacks take their time walking on the crosswalks as they often do, all sorts of thoughts go through my mind. “Blacks are often so large, ugly, unreasonable, and scary”. “It would be considered quite rude to just speed up, cut them off and not wait”. “Now is not the time to lock the doors, they can see and hear it”

    I’ve thought seriously about obtaining a concealed carry license just from my experiences with black pedestrians/drivers alone. In one of those experiences I just described, had something like that happened again and if I was legally armed, I would have tried to verbally de-escalate the situation as best I could but knowing how Blacks are, sometimes that is far from enough to appease them. I would have let him assault me while protecting my chin as best as I could. I would keep my arms up to protect my head, chin down to reinforce my neck and let him assault me and use the bruises on me as evidence. The lesson from the Zimmerman case was that you can still fire a shot half-conscious but that may not have been the case if Trayvon was 260lbs+. Time would have been in my favor as well so that bystanders could witness the scene. Then I would have fired several shots at him center of mass if things got way too out of hand (such as kicking my head or stomache). But apparently you need a very very good reason here in CA to obtain a concealed carry license.

    A lot of the Whites and Asians in the nice parts of Berkeley and Oakland know damn well that they are “easy pickings” for the Blacks that live out in the western lowlands. Recently out here in the East Bay of CA, a young guy by the name of Aya Nakano was shot dead most likely by a bantoid when he got out of his vehicle after a fender bender. It was at the intersection of Emeryville, South Berkeley, and North Oakland. A zone where a lot of young White yuppies cross to get into Emeryville or the freeway for work and where a lot of bantoid thugs cross to get into North Oakland and beyond.

    Also, a young white guy was shot dead at point black range at the foothill of Piedmont in Oakland. He was a paramedic from what I read and was driving a nice car when he was carjacked by a bunch of bantoids while at a red light and shot dead right on the spot. I don’t think it would have made a difference if he was armed or if his car doors were locked. He was caught completely off guard.

    Even liberal Whites absolutely don’t want to relent to blacks in certain places like Berkeley (ie, engaging in White flight after witnessing/experiencing Black tendencies firsthand). They will tolerate low to moderate negro presence so as long as they are confined to certain areas (a 2% black population is considered zero tolerance to me). But boy do Whites know how to keep the Berkeley blacks in line. Whites not only report crimes committed against themselves by blacks but the next thing you know, they have a “taking back the city” mentality. Whites set up community meetings and police meetings and let the ghetto blacks in the city know that they mean business. Any White or Asian who comes to Berkeley immediately notices how sketchy West and South Berkeley is. Blacks are often ticketed for jaywalking and loitering around everywhere they can. They then play the race card that Asian and White students down at campus jaywalk all the time without incident from campus police. Umm, campus police is too busy looking for black thugs on campus who shouldn’t be there in the first place but are only there because they consider the surrounding campus area to be “candyland”. West Berkeley is a ghetto corridor that runs North to South and South Berkeley is a buffer zone with heavy police patrols.

    While Albany is a goldilocks zone for mostly young White and Asian families with great performing schools, San Francisco just fifteen minutes away, and with beautiful regional parks in the hills just east of it completely void of Blacks. It is completely buffered by El Cerrito and Berkeley while poor Berkeley’s only barrier with Oakland is South Berkeley. No blacks are ever seen walking in south El Cerrito or Albany except for the occasional black transients that use San Pablo ave to get from Richmond to Oakland.

  • Texan1st

    Your city too? Man, they really are alike all over.

  • Texan1st

    The drivers were probably aware that if they waited for the black to cross the street they could be sitting there a while. Funny how even progressives are aware of racial differences. They just refuse to acknowledge them for fear of being alienated by their progressive peers. What they fail to understand is that those peers are thinking the same thing too, but are just as fearful of being ostracised. If they would just be truthful with each other maybe we could start making real progress on racial matters.

  • IExpatinWarsawO

    PSU grad, class of ’71

    Yeah it’s not rocket science level of thinking that you need to figure out why whites
    don’t stop as often for black pedestrians. Take a look at Detroit and the high number
    carjackings that blacks do; basically even in Portland it’s risky for a white, to stop
    and become a target for jacking or a game of knockout. Unless the white driver
    is the same self-righteous white wimp type that conducted this so-called study.

    Time to wake up and grow a pair whitey; according the FBI crime stats. there is far more black on white crime than the reverse…The more the whites feel guilty and pander to blacks the more the whites are reviled by the blacks.

  • Alexandra1973

    My son gets a kick out of this. I also use this to show him why you need to look both ways before crossing.

  • Alexandra1973

    I wonder how much faster they’d go if you have a musical horn playing Dixie?

    • freddy_hills

      They do that. And they do it on purpose to show their azz. My dad said their used to be 4 morbidly obese black women who would walk one of the backroads he used to get to work. They would take up both lanes and he couldn’t even get around. Think about that — 4 women taking up both lanes of a rural road and not moving. They’d look over their shoulder and just keep strolling.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Looks like evolution in action to me.

  • MooTieFighter

    Their just scared to slow down around blacks. Sounds like a sign of intelligence.