Tuesday, September 1, 2015

unconscious bias

When we think of bias, we tend to think of the most extreme racists, sexists, etc.  Which get us off the hook.

The challenge is to acknowledge and understand that we all have biases, and most of them are quite unconscious but we need to bring them to the light:

How Startups Are Using Tech To Mitigate Workplace Bias
Still, unconscious biases can affect all sorts of workplace behavior and decision-making, so addressing it can be a challenge.
How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain
"At this point, it's a pretty unequivocal finding that TV can affect how people feel and think about others," Schiappa says. What's more, these findings square with the way people overcome prejudice in the real world. Psychologists have consistently found that the most effective way to rid people from majority groups of bigoted ideas about, say, black people, immigrants or queer folks, is to have them interact with people from those groups. They call it the intergroup contact theory: When majority and minority groups mingle — under the right circumstances — negative feelings about each other tend to dissipate. "What happens when you're exposed to a wide variety of people in a certain minority group is that your ideas about that group get more complicated," says Schiappa.
 I am currently reading a book called: Everyday Bias by Howard Ross. In our world today, we all need to be taking steps to understand and address our own bias.

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