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Implicit Bias

Black Dad Interrupted

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 04.07.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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 06.25.2012 | 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.

Post Racial What? Codes, Language & a New Paradigm

John A. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John A. Powell

The White House and many liberal pundits have been trapped by the false either/or paradigm that refuses to accept the new racial order. The net result is that they cave to the right-wings' insistence that to notice race is itself racist.

Murdoch and Fox Portray Black Men as Terrorists on 24

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ronald B. Robinson

The first two Presidents on 24 were Black men. The first was assassinated and the second was responsible for allowing nuclear bombs into the country, causing mass destruction.

Accusing Someone of Racism Squashes the Likelihood of Fruitful Dialogue Like a Bug

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D.

The merits of a particular case aside, truth is that almost no one embraces the racist label. This is true even in the relatively rare instance where the accused has practically scratched the word into his forehead.

Fear and Envy of Black Masculinity: How Politico's Jonathan Martin Mugged President Obama and Got Away With It

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronald B. Robinson

Almost all black men recognize the contemptuous look Jonathan Martin gave Obama on Thursday.

The White Supremacist in Us

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

Collectively, we bemoan the backwardness of "some" people before we move on, thinking of racism as isolated extremism.

Sci-Fi Morality: Could Aliens Save Us from Prejudice?

Jamil Zaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamil Zaki

Mountains of evidence suggest that being part of a group changes our perceptions of members of other groups at startlingly basic levels.

Rupert Murdoch and Fox Use 24 to Portray Black Men as Terrorists

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ronald B. Robinson

Can somebody spell the words, "advertisers" and "boycott," and then can the congregation give me a resounding, amen?