Implicit bias: Is everyone racist?

Source: BBC News

Few people openly admit to holding racist beliefs but many psychologists claim most of us are nonetheless unintentionally racist. We hold, what are called “implicit biases”. So what is implicit bias, how is it measured and what, if anything, can be done about it? David Edmonds has been investigating.

“Your data suggests a slight automatic preference for white people over black people.”

That was hardly the result I’d hoped for. So am I racist? A bigot? That would be rather at odds with my self-image. But perhaps it’s something I need to own up to?

I’d just taken the Implicit Association Test (IAT), which is a way to identify implicit bias. And not just race bias, but also, for example, bias against gay, disabled or obese people.

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