5 Steps To Understanding Racial Bias

Bias in policing, economic and health disparities and social policy are topical in the media, corporate dining halls and on college campuses.


Yet, a review of the literature and media coverage suggests insufficient understanding of the nuances of racial bias.

Racial bias advances inequality. While there are no absolute remedies, there are some best practices.

1. Avoid presuppositions – unfounded or misinformed assumptions that unfairly categorize people and circumstances.

2. Examine your preferences in light of your actions to ascertain if they are harmful to others. For instance, if your preference for tall people disadvantages short people, then your preference is a bias. Work to overcome it.

3. Always ask, what if my perspectives or actions pertained to someone I love or to me? Would they be okay? How would I fix them?

4. Seek advice from the people who are affected. Be open to sincere feedback.

5. Examine honestly your organization’s policies and practices to unmask presuppositions that may lead to discrimination and other detrimental effects, and have the courage to change them.

Whether in business or personal life, racial bias separates people from their possibilities, organizations from the causes of equality and justice, and society from the benefits of true inclusion. It is incumbent upon each of us to eliminate racial bias where we find it – in our lives, our homes, our workplaces, and anywhere we encounter it.

The racial discord that has gripped the nation in cities from Ferguson to Cleveland has resurrected an old term. People are once again talking about “bias.”

Source: Huffington Post

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