Defending What’s Right
Feb25

Defending What’s Right

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. — Martin Luther King Jr. For the final part in this series for Black History month, I want to discuss one of the best ways you can honor Black Americans: by confronting racism whenever you see it. Research shows that Black men and women report experiencing about an average of one racist incident per week. Indeed, another study showed that about half of all Black college...

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Very Extreme Politics
Sep28

Very Extreme Politics

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. — Plato And so it begins… This previous Monday was the first in the series of presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And although the presidential debates can be informative and insightful to watch, surprisingly, there’s little evidence that they actually influence voter opinions. A careful study of presidential debates between 1960 and 2000 showed...

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Banishing Bias
Jul27

Banishing Bias

We all use stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality, and the enemy is us.  — Annie Murphy Paul Just two days ago, the world’s most famous basketball player, Michael Jordan, donated $2 million to help address police-related shootings, half of the donation going to the Institute for Community-Police Relations with the other half to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. But how can money help resolve...

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Effects of Our Biases
Jul20

Effects of Our Biases

When I do something good, no one remembers. When I do something bad, no one forgets. — Anonymous Last week we talked about implicit bias, what it is and how it’s measured. Today, we will discuss some of the consequences that can follow from it. First, although ‘implicit bias’ is often used in regards to race (like the examples in last week’s post), you can have an implicit bias against anything: a sports team, people of a...

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Implicit Bias
Jul13

Implicit Bias

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. — Robertson Davies If you’ve listened to the news recently, you’ve probably heard the term “implicit bias” used in regards to prejudice. It has come up in the media quite a bit with the recent police shootings of black men, and it’s important to understand what implicit bias really means. Now, in regards to race, explicit bias refers to the conscious recognition that...

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