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Implicit Bias

White Baby Boomers: Being Told You've Microaggressed Is a Good Thing

Anna Joseph | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Anna Joseph

As white, social-justice-oriented students, one of the spaces our white privilege allows us to enter is yours, the adults who populate our world, when you voice concerns that our focus on microaggressions constitutes a bridge too far.

Fulfilling the Journalist's Creed -- Correcting Racial Distortions

Rachel Godsil | Posted 08.17.2015 | Media
Rachel Godsil

The one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO is an opportunity to reflect on the media coverage of the black men and women killed by police and others -- is it always as objective as it ought to be?

The Perils of Obesity Prejudices

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Scott Kahan, M.D.

One of the most damaging aspects of obesity is the weight bias and stigma that is so pervasive in our thin-obsessed society. Although modern societi...

The Top 5 Things I Want People to Know About My Mixed Family

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

The following is based on real-life experiences with my family since the birth of my son. It goes without saying that these situations, from cultural misunderstandings to racial/ethnic insensitivity to flat-out ignorance, likely represent only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what my biracial son can expect to experience throughout his life.

How Sexism and Implicit Bias Hurt Girls and Women's Health

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.15.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Sometimes, the effects of sexism and implicit gender bias are difficult to show. However, in the case of women's health care, there's very little ambiguity. Women should be aware of what these problems look like, so that they can identify doctors who similarly understand them and can fairly diagnose and treat them.

As EEOC Turns 50, Addressing Bias in the Workplace

Rachel Godsil | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Rachel Godsil

The combination of implicit bias which can result in harsher critiques and assumptions about competence and racial anxiety can be substantial in creating significant differences in opportunities and experiences in the workplace.

What My Freckle-Face and Yellow Shorts Reveal About Implicit Bias

Kristen Lee Costa | Posted 06.12.2015 | Women
Kristen Lee Costa

There's no such thing as an unbiased person. Just ask researchers Greenwald and Banaji, authors of Blindspot, and their colleagues at Project Implicit. They've discovered that-because of a lifetime of conditioning by social institutions like the media, church and schools-we harbor unconscious biases that influence our judgments about people's character, ability and potential.

Implicit Bias at the Root of Brutality Epidemic

Ediberto Roman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Ediberto Roman

What is at the root of our police brutality problem is virtually the same with the rest of society, but which neither police nor the rest of society is willing to accept--the power and influence of implicit bias.

Here's A Trick That May Help People Become Less Racist & Sexist

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.31.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that sleep boosts the brain, helping us consolidate memories and learn new things. Now, a provocative new study shows i...

5 Steps to Understanding Racial Bias

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Whether in business or personal life, racial bias separates people from their possibilities, organizations from the causes of equality and justice, and society from the benefits of true inclusion. It is incumbent upon each of us to eliminate racial bias where we find it.

In Fatal Police Encounters, Cops' Fear Is Killing Black People

Joshua Adams | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

We tend to inflate the level of threat when we are afraid in highly tense situations. But the problem is intensified because Blackness, in and of itself, is seen as a weapon. What is it about Blackness that makes "good" and "normal" people so terrified?

Teachers Of All Races Are More Likely To Punish Black Students

Jeremy Adam Smith, Greater Good | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices

Two students. One is black and the other is white. On Tuesday, they both refuse to complete the math worksheet. On Wednesday, neither will stop talkin...

White Privilege and the Deadly Effect of Silence

Linda Louden | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Linda Louden

Instead of choosing silence, we need to stay in the conversation and get even more vulnerable. We need to choose to tolerate our fear and discomfort, and hang in there with the ambiguity of not knowing what to do next. We need to choose to own our ignorance and mistakes.

Mindfulness in Policing

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Incidents of police violence and discrimination against people of color evoke our raw emotions -- pain, frustration, fear, hopelessness and anger. Sometimes our emotions overwhelm us. But they can also help energize us and fuel our work for social change.

Really? This Is How High Achievement Is Greeted?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I asked the kids how people they meet explain Elmont Memorial High School's high academic achievement, and they said, in one voice, "They think we're cheating." One student said, using words I would have hoped would never be used by a young person, "I feel we have to work harder and do better than other students just to get the same respect, because we're African-American."

The Oklahoma University Fraternity Incident Reminds Us of What Is Racist?

Ediberto Roman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ediberto Roman

Race issues and discussions cannot be reserved for the moments in time when they are deemed relevant to the decision-makers of our news headlines -- we must do more, we must own the language and the conversation.

Is Post-Racialism an Implicit Bias?

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

The war against racism is not yet won. What links all of these incidents, spanning almost a decade, is that they are manifestations of racial bias. Not necessarily intentional bias, but bias nonetheless: implicit bias. Despite growing awareness of the role of implicit bias, we continue to ignore a critical implicit bias: post-racialism.

A Blueprint for Local Police Reform to Improve Legitimacy

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While we certainly don't have all the answers, it's time to start talking about and funding constructive ways to reform policing to quell anger by improving legitimacy and community relations.

There Is Nothing Casual About Prejudice: The Popular Podcast 'Serial' and the Notion of Implicit Bias

Anita Sinha | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Anita Sinha

The racial and cultural identities of the protagonists have prompted some to criticize Sarah Koenig for not grasping many aspects of this narrative. While I agree with this analysis, I did not think it ultimately compromised Koenig's role as an effective storyteller. That is, until I heard Episode 10.

If We're Having a Real Conversation About Race, Let's Make Sure It's the Right One

John A. Powell | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

If we having a real conversation then we must have one that examines the deep racial anxiety in this country, an anxiety not only stoked by strategic political manipulation, but by fear of rapidly changing demographics, and a rapidly changing world.

On Being Breathless

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.

Five Things President Obama Could Do to Stop the Killing

Gordon Whitman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

We are at a watershed moment in the battle against racial profiling. We have much to do to achieve racial equity and healing in America - a long agenda of changes in our economy, schools and political system - but we have the power now to end the epidemic of police killings of people of color.

Response to Ferguson: Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions

John A. Powell | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
John A. Powell

Decades of segregation and inequality in Ferguson, as well as most American metropolitan areas, have fostered a racial inequality exacerbated by the criminalization of not just poverty, but the criminalization of black and brown bodies. Too many whites are too willing to believe that a black body poses a threat.

Putting Implicit Racial Bias to the Test

Lecia Brooks | Posted 12.14.2014 | Black Voices
Lecia Brooks

Discovering these biases shouldn't make one feel ashamed or fearful that he or she is a racist. Uncovering implicit bias and guarding against it is a responsible and necessary step for anyone dedicated to eliminating bigotry and prejudice.

If We Bend Not Our Energies

Sharon Davies | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon Davies

The nation's focus on the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri confers yet another opportunity for deeper racial understanding, but like other (too many other) teachable moments arising from the tragic loss of young black life, the opportunity is fleeting and frail.