On January 8, Time Magazine reported on a new study of human behavior that suggests "even people who aspire to tolerance...still harbor unconscious biases powerful enough to prevent them from confronting racists or from being upset by other people's racist behavior." Jack Dovidio, a Yale psychologist and co-author of the study believes that "the most worrying aspect [of the study] is that even if a small proportion of a society is active, old fashion racists" that majority "rationalize away racist behavior and don't intervene or even get upset when it occurs."
Please read the Time article and respond to TWO (it is your choice) of the following questions in the comment section:
- How do you explain why people who believe they are not racist often do not confront people displaying racist behavior?
- What are the implications for a group, community, and nation when people who do not like racism, do not stand up to stop it?
- Is there an ethical or moral difference between conscious and unconscious biases? How do unconscious biases reveal themselves?
- How can people overcome unconscious biases?
-From Facing History and Ourselves