We do not have to be racist to be Biased A relevant, heart breaking, emotionally draining look at the heart of America s racial tensions, social inequality, confirmation bias, racial profiling, and the attitudes that are inherently ours.
Social judgements affect both how we see those around us and how we perceive ourselves.
Confirmation bias is the mechanism the tool allowing inaccurate beliefs to manifest and persist just as destructive as stereotypes.
Racial bias leads to the capacity to do harm It tears away at the very fabric, it pulls the perception of furtive movements Just as prison is reserved for those considered too dangerous to walk the streets, the death penalty the ultimate sentence is reserved for those deemed too evil too live What becomes the external proxy for internal wickedness My research has shown that the mere physical features of black defendants can tip the scale toward execution Racial bias is a human problem and one that needs everyone s undivided attention to solve Marginalized groups in countries all over the world are often discredited through animal imagery For example Black ape association.
Increasing rise has come upon dehumanization, in isolation, in societal norms rapidly changing times In social threats, in school segregation, in bias even during real estate transactions Whitening the resume is something many of color are being forced to utilize.
Awareness leads to change and that is the hope for tomorrow and beyond.
Thank you to Jennifer L Eberhardt for this amazing insight as she mentions her own personal trials and tribulations within this insightful read.
Thank you to the publisher and Goodreads for this early ARC in exchange for this honest review.
From One Of The World S Leading Experts On Unconscious Racial Bias, A Personal Examination Of One Of The Central Controversies And Culturally Powerful Issues Of Our Time, And Its Influence On Contemporary Race Relations And Criminal JusticeWe Do Not Have To Be Racist To Be Biased With A Perspective That Is Both Scientific, Investigative, And Also Informed By Personal Experience, Eberhardt Offers A Reasoned Look Into The Effects Of Implicit Racial Bias, Ranging From The Subtle To The Dramatic Racial Bias Can Lead To Disparities In Education, Employment, Housing, And The Criminal Justice System And Then Those Very Disparities Further Reinforce The Problem In Biased,Eberhardt Reveals How Even When We Are Not Aware Of Bias And Genuinely Wish To Treat All People Equally, Ingrained Stereotypes Can Infect Our Visual Perception, Attention, Memory, And BehaviorEberhardt S Extensive Work As A Consultant To Law Enforcement, As Well As A Researcher With Unprecedented Access To Data Including Footage From Police Officers Body Worn Cameras, Informs Every Aspect Of Her Book And Makes It Much Than A Work Of Social Psychology Her Research Occurs Not Just In The Laboratory But In Police Departments, Courtrooms, Prisons, Boardrooms, And On The Street Interviews Are Interwoven With Memories And Stories From Eberhardt S Own Life And Family She Offers Practical Suggestions For Reform, And Takes The Reader Behind The Scenes To Police Departments Implementing Her Suggestions Refusing To Shy Away From The Tragic Consequences Of Prejudice, Eberhardt Addresses How Racial Bias Is Not The Fault Of Nor Restricted To A Few Bad Apples In Police Departments Or Other Institutions We Can See Evidence Of Bias At All Levels Of Society In Media, Education, And Business Practices In Biased,Eberhardt Reminds Us That Racial Bias Is A Human Problem One All People Can Play A Role In Solving Some nonfiction presents new Ideas and some nonfiction is well written and this book has both traits Eberhardt whose work I was unaware until I heard her interviewed on a youtube channel is a cognitive scientist whose research area is implicit biases that we carry with us I had heard of other studies of implicit bias but Eberhardt s gift is taking this factoid that many stored away in our science trivia collection and shows its salience in reality and why it is much than a factoid but a lense to look at everything in our society from police profiling, and arrests, to education, to workplace matters So many vital areas where pretending we are colorblind makes the problems worse She uses down to earth and charged examples to get her point across that our implicit biases matter and even with good intentions our unconscious biases are a source of much harm and draws the direct lines from the studies to real world incidents to illustrate her points Even if you keep up on brain science stories and have heard of implicit bias you still need to look at this book Context matters.
This book started off great It was fresh and thought provoking but it seemed as it neared the end to remain focused on one race and not the sense of general bias like the first half I am a nerd for all the studies and test results though so I remained pretty giddy throughout I loved the analogies so much so I worked them into conversations with friends and family during the week I was reading this I loved the example that a bias is actually a proven mental shortcoming Our brains focus on what they deem important and fade out everything we don t come in contact with often That can be put towards race if we were raised in a family of one race and that is all we were surrounded by we would be able to easily distinguish their characteristics and other races might take longer to spot the differences That same thought process has been proven in different situations as well like a preschool teacher can quickly tell the different between toddlers because they spend most of their time surrounded by them, but someone like me panics when I see several kids and might think they all look alike The study results were fascinating to even test theses biases with interracial families or even a family that adopts an older kid of a different race.
A real life example of this that I thought was fascinating was a bunch of black kids in China town figured out this bias years before any studies proved the results The teenagers would snatch the purses from old Asian ladies and they wouldn t even be wearing a mask because they knew when a line up was done, the old ladies never were able to identify who they were only a foot away from earlier that day because they complained they all looked alike This type of bias though led to profiling as in China town all older women began to fear black males in general and that is when the problems arise.
read with GR group Nonfiction Book Club Why a paltry 3 stars This book was not written with someone with the awareness I have I am than familiar with the concept of in grouping out group I am a woman of indeterminate ethnicity.
However, I did not find the book a complete bore I learned of the existence of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice operated by the Equal Justice Initiative.
A very well written book, but my moderate rating is only because it was not the book that I thought it was going to be I was hoping for of an analysis of why we are implicitly Biased and how we might try to overcome that, but this book was of a chronicle of examples of implicit bias And that s an excellent subject, albeit incredibly and overwhelmingly sad and frustrating I was just looking for some answers and help as to how we can start to work on our own implicit biases, and I didn t get much on that subject.
So honest confessionsI did not read this book fully It was late at the library and I had to skip a few chapters But I did read a lot of the book including the ending I think part of this decision comes from a comment on the book there is a good deal of repetitive ideas throughout The same studies are presented in different chapters in a way that makes you feel that the author wrote the chapters separately and didn t add a I know I already mentioned this type of qualifier I also was a little disappointed in the ending I thought there would be ideas toward solutions or for progress She does give an emotional compelling ending to the book But it lacked the detailed summary of what she sees society and individuals can do to combat bias I did learn a lot from what I read though There is a lot of science to the way we see people and a lot of factors that come into play It is good to realize these are features that can help us categorize and organize the circumstances, people, and experiences of our lives But it is also a good reminder that we have to be reflective and honest as individuals so that we can call ourselves out on how history, societal forces, and the way we were brought up even where we were brought up may skew our perceptions and create prejudice even when we desire to be fair minded individuals Change starts with individuals with me With each of us There is no quick fix The problems are deep and multi faceted but if we are willing we can rise to the challenge of loving others as we love ourselves We want to be judged on the things that matter This book reminds me to ask myself how I can do that better for others.
One of the best books about implicit bias I ve ever read It s both personal and data based, warm and inviting where it needs to be and cold and honest in other parts I would recommend this to any organization or person or group who wants to understand how bias works and how it s ok it s not your fault.
This is the kind of informative nonfiction that I like to see clearly written, incorporating broad statistics and study findings with concrete examples, correlating arguments to current or historical events, and the author s use of personal anecdotes or stories told to her to make the content of her work really connect on a personal level This is a really well executed book on implicit bias that threads the needle between acknowledging that implicit bias is something that we all inherit are therefore not personally to blame for the problem s origin while still pushing individuals to do their part to change themselves the world around them A few of the stories really stuck with me, particularly the arc of her own son s understanding of his own perceptions of black men how he is increasingly at the receiving end of those perceptions from others as a young black man Would definitely recommend I could see this working well for a book club type environment