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Implicit Bias

Really? This Is How High Achievement Is Greeted?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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.

Implicit Bias and the School to Prison Pipeline

Leland Ware | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
Leland Ware

The statistically significant racial disparities in school discipline are too large and longstanding to have occurred by chance. School officials are exercising their discretion and imposing disciplinary measures in ways that disadvantage African-American students and severely undermines their access to equal educational opportunities.

The Delusional Freedom Fighter

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

This kind of total reboot doesn't come from turning jerseys inside out, nor from a massive boycott. The question is what does the change come from? How do we get there? Unlike with a computer, we can't just wipe the system clean and start over.

Why Is the Math Gender Gap So Much Worse in the US Than in Other Countries?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

In most countries, girls outperform boys in math. However, in the US, boys uniformly best girls. We are joined in the low-performing bottom three by Liechtenstein and Columbia. While we have the greater problem that math and science education in the US seriously lags that of other nations, we must face the fact that that lag is also the product of gender inequities.

Black Dad Interrupted

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.07.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

I haven't even barely started this fatherhood thing yet, and I already feel powerless in my ability to accomplish my main duty -- keeping my child safe.

How the Game 2048 Could Implicitly Enforce Real-Life Hierarchies

Stephanie Yang | Posted 05.28.2014 | College
Stephanie Yang

Suppose someone made a variation of 2048 on the world's most powerful CEOs. If the lower-valued numbers were largely women CEOs, it could potentially affect how players saw women in leadership positions. Same effect with college academic or sports rankings.

Study: More People of Color Sentenced to Private Prisons Than Whites

Michaela Pommells | Posted 04.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Private prisons have been marketed as the necessary supplement to save taxpayer dollars. It is a system designed by the rich and for the rich. A system that clearly relies on the incarceration of African American and Latino people for its survival.

Trayvon Martin and Implicit Bias

Eva Paterson | Posted 10.05.2013 | Crime
Eva Paterson

I have read that the brain processes 400 billion bits of information a second, but we are only aware of 2,000 of those. We do not have time to sort through and analyze all these information so our brain and mind take shortcuts.

Facing Reality: Race Matters

Hector Villagra | Posted 09.18.2013 | Crime
Hector Villagra

Whether Zimmerman did so consciously or unconsciously, it's hard to avoid that race played a part in his decision-making, influencing his thoughts, attitudes and actions toward young, black males. There's a growing body of research documenting just how powerful implicit or unconscious biases can be.

Finding Justice for the Trayvons of the World

Janai S. Nelson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Janai S. Nelson

The disheartening yet unsurprising result in the Trayvon Martin case has been the subject of incessant conversations with both French and American friends in France, where I am working presently. What has struck me in these discussions is how universal a tragedy the Trayvon Martin story is.

Trayvon's Ultimate Issue: An Implicitly Unjust Justice System

Jarryd Willis | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Jarryd Willis

Our laws must be updated to account for implicit bias, or the only true chance at redress many Asians/Blacks/LGBT/Hispanics will have will be after forfeiting their right to self-defense.

Why Female Scientists Are a Rarity

Ashley Bush and Raphaela Sapire | Posted 01.14.2013 | Women
Ashley Bush and Raphaela Sapire

Growing up, we loved science class. We brewed steaming potions by mixing chemicals; created ice cream by shaking salt, ice and sugar; and crafted volcanoes made out of clay. Somewhere along the line, however, our interest in pursuing the sciences disappeared.

Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Sam Sommers

How might these unaffiliated and presumably more objective voters react to the nominee, controversy, statement, or gaffe? But who are these Independents? And just how independent are they anyway?

Having It All Starts with Defining 'ALL'

Maura O'Neill | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
Maura O'Neill

Like Ann-Marie, I made sacrifices when I went to Washington, leaving behind a husband and house in Seattle for an amazing set of public service opportunities. Her willingness to share her struggles and bare her family's story makes the conversation about women having it all palpable.

Trayvon Martin and the State of Race Relations

Maya Wiley | Posted 06.19.2012 | Black Voices
Maya Wiley

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a national tragedy and his death has captured the attention of millions. Last week we learned that George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder in Trayvon's killing. It's no time to rejoice.