Spreading Rumors
People talked about the event depicted in this picture to others, who in turn told the story to still others, and so on. Over the course of several retellings, people’s memories of the event became more consistent with racial stereotypes: Eventually the man holding the razor was remembered as Black, not White.
[G. W. Allport and L. J. Postman, The Psychology of Rumor. New York: Henry Holt, 1947]