Equity Challenge Week 2 Wednesday Internal Bias
“I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine, You may rejoice, I must mourn. ”
― Frederick Douglas
After learning about what internalized racism is, it is time to take the next step of considering what internalized biases we may each hold. To do this, we ask everyone to take the implicit bias test below if you have not already. Following this, please utilize the resources provided to learn more about your biases and how to dismantle them
- *Implicit Bias Test* (Approximately 12 Minutes)
Take the “Race IAT” test from Harvard University to learn what your own implicit biases may be, and what they can mean.
- Unconscious Bias (1-Minute Read & 3 Minute Video)
Read this brief article to get a summarization of unconscious bias and watch the video to gather additional info and learn how the University of California, San Francisco is working to address the issue.
- Strategies to Address Unconscious Bias (1 Minute Read & 2 Minute Video)
Read this article to get insight into individual and institutional strategies to address unconscious bias, as well as a video providing further explanation.
White People: Let’s Start by Understanding our Own Biases (7 Minute Read)
Read this article and hear a call to action from UC Berkeley grad and
- former CNN writer Sara Grossman, as she discusses biases that White People can experience, and how to address them.
- Three Starting Principles in the Dismantling Racism Process (4-minute Read)
Read this piece to see how personal identities and values can play into the role of developing basic principles for dismantling racism, through a Christian perspective.
- Recognizing and Dismantling Your Anti-Blackness (3 Minute Read)
Read this article to learn about ways that you can interrupt anti-black bias in your everyday life.
- Responding to Racism During the COVID-19 Outbreak (5 Minute Read)
This article details methods of responding to racism during the COVID-19 outbreak, a time of heightened anxiety for many.
- It’s About Time We Challenge our Unconscious Biases (15:41)
Watch this video to listen to a call to action from Juliette Powell, a highly accomplished entrepreneur, community catalyst, and author, as she discusses the need to challenge our unconscious biases.
- How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias (17:23)
Excerpt from Video Description via YouTube: Author, speaker and CEO, Valerie Alexander, explains how the human brain instinctively reacts when encountering the unexpected, like saber-toothed tigers or female tech execs, and proposes that if we have the courage to examine our own behavior when faced with the unfamiliar, we can take control of our expectations, and by doing so, change the world.
Stereotyping Hiring Practices (10:32)
Excerpt from Video Description via YouTube: Once a Goth chick living in the East Village of New York City, now in the corporate world, Tolstoi-Miller shares her very personal story of bias and how recognizing her own unconscious bias taught her to say “so what”.