Monday, January 10, 2005

Unbiased, You Say?

Take Harvard's Implicit Association Test and see how unbiased you really are. (In the interest of full disclosure, I found I have a slight European American bias ... not surprising given that I grew up in Utah and had only 1 black kid in my high school class ... gives me something to work on.)


At 9:43 AM, Blogger j said...

I don't know about your theory, bud -- my data suggested little or no bias for European over African Americans, and I grew up in Utah and only had one black student in my high school class, too. (I wonder if it was the same kid? Bwa ha ha). Seriously, it may just be the fast-twitch muscle cell thingy.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Everett said...

Yeah, but you had close black friends in college, and still do to this day. There were no black people in my day-to-day until, well, just recently. True, I've been living in a very diverse east coast city for 12 years, and I have many black clients, but the day-to-day interaction just hasn't been there.

I know I still feel sensitive to saying the wrong thing, if that's any indication.

And it's not like I've been avoiding anyone. If anything, it's something I've seen as a weakness in my life for some time.

It also speaks to how segregated much of our society still is: that I can go through junior high, high school, college, and much of my career without a black counterparty. Hell, I can't tell you where the nearest black person is on my block. Not a good deal.


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