Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions

Race bias is subconscious. Conservatives tend to reduce it to conscious actions. Progressives over interpret bias. 

The New York Times: 

The deaths of African-Americans at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Mo., in Cleveland and on Staten Island have reignited a debate about race. Some argue that these events are isolated and that racism is a thing of the past. Others contend that they are merely the tip of the iceberg, highlighting that skin color still has a huge effect on how people are treated. Arguments about race are often heated and anecdotal. 

As a social scientist, I naturally turn to empirical research for answers. As it turns out, an impressive body of research spanning decades addresses just these issues — and leads to some uncomfortable conclusions and makes us look at this debate from a different angle.

Read complete article here