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Am I Racist? Confronting Our Racial Biases

implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.

Racial biases are a form of implicit bias, which refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect an individual’s understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.

STEP 1: Participate in the poll below

Do you have a racial bias?

Yes
No

 

STEP 2: Participate in the “Race IAT” below

Note:  This IAT requires the ability to distinguish faces of European and African origin.

STEP 3: Participate in the “Skin-tone IAT” below

Note: This IAT requires the ability to recognize light and dark-skinned faces.

NOTE: RECORD YOUR RESULTS

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about.

“Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts, and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.”

STEP 4: Participate in the poll below after taking the RACE IAT

RACE IAT test results (report your results here)

I have a strong automatic preference for European Americans
I have a moderate automatic preference for European Americans
I have a slight automatic preference for European Americans
I have a little to no automatic preference for European Americans or African Americans
I have a slight automatic preference for African Americans
I have a moderate automatic preference for African Americans
I have a strong automatic preference for African Americans

 

STEP 5: Participate in the poll below after taking the SKIN TONE IAT

SKIN TONE IAT test results (report your results here)

I have a strong automatic preference for Light Skin
I have a moderate automatic preference for Light Skin
I have a slight automatic preference for Light Skin
I have a little to no automatic preference for Light Skin or Dark Skin
I have a slight automatic preference for Dark Skin
I have a moderate automatic preference for Dark Skin
I have a strong automatic preference for Dark Skin

 

OUT OF NEARLY 3.5 MILLION PARTICIPANTS:

  • 68% of participants showed an automatic preference for European Americans
  • 18% of participants showed no automatic preference for European Americans or African Americans
  • 17% of participants showed an automatic preference for African American

Note: Due to rounding the numbers may add up to be more than 100%

  • 68% of participants showed an automatic preference for Light Skin
  • 19% of participants showed no automatic preference for Light Skin or Dark Skin
  • 14% of participants showed an automatic preference for Dark Skin

Note: Due to rounding the numbers may add up to be more than 100%

STEP 6: Watch this video

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Verna Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable.

             

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT OUR OWN RACIAL BIASES?

Acknowledge that racial biases exist 

For the most part, we ALL have racial biases. Denying that they exist will NEVER fix the issue at hand. ACKNOWLEDGE that you have racial biases and question yourself. Where did they come from? What can I do to change? 

Actively work against racial biases

COMBAT the stereotypes that linger in your mind. CORRECT those that make ignorant statements. EDUCATE those who have racial biases. SURROUND yourself with the people you have a bias against. LEARN that they are just like you: human.

STEP 7: Participate in the open discussion below

Work Cited:

https://welldoing.org/storage/app/uploads/public/58d/cd7/a70/58dcd7a704365837513363.jpg

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html

https://www.airbnb.nl/static/immigration_support/fullbleed-md-5e509039de992be5b75565e709ca1df1.jpg

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-07-color-blind-whites-aware-bias-modern.html

https://www.poll-maker.com/

https://www.padlet.com/

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COMMENTS: 3
  1. April 26, 2018 by Ava.Carter

    I think your project is so topical to the current state of our country. We still remain a nation of hatred, prejudice, and discrimination. I think your project does a great job at challenging us to examine our own biases- many we didn’t even know existed.

  2. April 27, 2018 by Ms. Riemer

    Luis – Thank you so much for your project. We all need to be reminded of the bias we have and how to know our lens in this world. Thank You.

  3. April 28, 2018 by beth.crissy

    Thank you Luis! I really loved this project and thought you had some great information and lots of ways to think about it and encourage discussions

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