How to Think about “Implicit Bias”
"When is the last time a stereotype popped into your mind? If you are
like most people, the authors included, it happens all the time. That
doesn’t make you a racist, sexist, or whatever-ist. It just means your
brain is working properly, noticing patterns, and making
generalizations. But the same thought processes that make people smart
can also make them biased. This tendency for stereotype-confirming
thoughts to pass spontaneously through our minds is what psychologists
call implicit bias. It sets people up to overgeneralize, sometimes
leading to discrimination even when people feel they are being fair"
What is “Implicit Bias”?
"Implicit biases, however , are associations learned through past experiences. Implicit biases can be activated by the environment and operate outside of a person's intentional, conscious cognition. For example, a person can unconsciously form a bias towards all pitbulls
as being dangerous animals. This bias may be associated with a single
unpleasant experience the past, but the source of association may be
misidentified, or even unknown. In the example, this implicit bias may
manifest itself as a person declining an invitation to touch someone's
pitbull (dog) on the street, without this person understanding the
reason behind. Implicit bias can persist even when an individual rejects
the bias explicitly."