If you follow the link below, you’ll find a brief summary for each chapter of Blink.
Chapter 6 begins with details of a shooting that happened in the Bronx on February 3, 1999. Amadou Diallo, a twenty-two-year-old dark-skinned peddler with a stutter, was fatally shot by plainclothes police officers after they thought he was acting suspiciously. Someone thought he was reaching for a gun. He wasn’t given a chance to explain, and he was shot and killed as a result. Gladwell labels this tragedy a “mind-reading failure” on the part of the police officers, and one that “falls into a kind of gray area, the middle ground between deliberate and accidental.” He then analyzes additional examples of these kinds of situations. He looks at their ramifications, in terms of quick reactions and even heightened heartbeats during high-speed chases. This is eye-opening information to those of us who are neither policemen nor criminals.
Blink was first published in 2005. In the years since, more incidents like the one that happened to Diallo have taken place, and they have been caught on camera and widely publicized. They fostered the growth of the movement known as “Black Lives Matter.” Gladwell’s analysis in Chapter 6 turns out to be more relevant to real life experiences than ever before. And yet, such tragedies continue to happen. This could be an interesting topic for a research paper related to this book.