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Young black men are 3X more likely to be shot by trained shooters than their white peers. A disturbing potential correlation: The most popular target for shooters to learn to use their firearm is a black silhouette. Unconscious bias can be deadly.

An academic study published by University of Illinois researchers drew together findings from 42 different studies on trigger bias to examine whether race affects how likely a target is to be shot.

"What we found is that it does," Mekawi told NPR's Arun Rath, who covered the story.

"In our study we found two main things: First, people were quicker to shoot black targets with a gun, relative to white targets with a gun. And ... people were more trigger-happy when shooting black targets compared to shooting white targets."

That is, shooters weren't just faster to fire at black targets; they were also more likely to fire at a black target. This petition seeks to eliminate the use of the most popular target for shooters to learn to use their firearm: a menacing black silhouette.

In shooting ranges, in permitting and instruction environments, anywhere someone is learning to use a firearm.

This petition is initiated by “No More Black Targets.”

No More Black Targets is a collective of artists, diverse in backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities, working in paint, digital media, patternmaking and also physical installations to bring new artwork to life. The collective stand for “More paint. Less hate.”

How you can help: Sign the petition

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Young black men are 3X more likely to be shot and killed than their white peers.

The data is clear: between 2015 and 2016, 69% of these shootings were against victims that were non-violent and unarmed.

A disturbing potential correlation: The most popular target for shooters to learn to use their firearm is a black silhouette.

Unconscious bias can be deadly and it is contributing to one of the biggest violence issues in modern America.

On January 15th, in partnership with the New York Society for Ethical Culture, “No More Black Targets” will launch as an advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the danger of unconscious bias and how it may be perpetuating gun violence against young black males.

The campaign seeks to eliminate the use of these targets, forever. In shooting ranges, in permitting and instruction environments, anywhere someone is learning to use a firearm.

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