Buried Prejudice: The Bigot in Your Brain

Deep within our subconscious, all of us harbor biases that we consciously abhor. And the worst part is: we act on them

psychologists have established that people unwittingly hold an astounding assortment of stereotypical beliefs and attitudes about social groups: black and white, female and male, elderly and young, gay and straight, fat and thin. Although these implicit biases inhabit us all, we vary in the particulars, depending on our own group membership, our conscious desire to avoid bias and the contours of our everyday environments. For instance, about two thirds of ... Full Story »

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Linda Raiteri
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by Linda Raiteri - Oct. 1, 2008

The city where I live is 60+% black with many blacks in government and leadership positions, yet it seems the power brokers are mainly white men. We have a high percentage of people living in poverty, underemployed, undereducated. The heritage of prejudice - race, gender, and class; like me and not like me - is part of the problem. These studies provide support in finding the origins and seeking resolutions.

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