BIG IDEA: Implicit Bias is Inescapable
In this next series we’re talking about implicit bias.
According to the Kirwan Institute, “Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Implicit biases are activated involuntarily, unconsciously, and without one’s awareness or intentional control.” (emphasis mine)
I think most of us would like to believe we are unbiased when considering others. We’d like to think we are neutral about other people’s race especially.
But research overwhelmingly shows that every one of us carries racial bias. Racial bias is so deeply embedded in our society and systems that we often aren’t aware of its presence or its effects.
However we won’t be able to uproot systemic bias until we are able to identify and acknowledge our own individual prejudices.
Ready to dive in?